The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 (Essential Histories)

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The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 (Essential Histories)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 95 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781841763712
  • DDC分類 955.0542

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The Iran-Iraq War, which ended in August 1988, one month short of its eighth anniversary, was one of the longest, bloodiest and costliest third world armed conflicts in the 20th century. This volume addresses the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, unpacking the objectives of the two belligerents and examining how far objectives were matched by strategy. It assesses the war's military lessons regarding such key areas as strategy, tactics and escalation and in particular the use of non-conventional weapons. Finally, it examines the utility of armed forces as an instrument of foreign policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       7 (2)
Chronology 9 (3)
Background to war
The quest for the empire of God 12(4)
Warring sides
Strengths and weaknesses of Iran and Iraq 16(6)
Outbreak
Invasion and after 22(8)
The fighting
The delicate balance of incompetence 30(32)
Portrait of a soldier
Iran's boy soldiers 62(4)
The world around war
Nations at war 66(10)
Portrait of a civilian
Death of a village 76(3)
How the war ended
The poisoned chalice 79(5)
Conclusion and consequences
A costly exercise in futility 84(9)
Further reading 93(1)
Index 94