Persian Gulf Command: A History of the Second World War in Iran and Iraq

Ashley Jackson*

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This dynamic history is the first to construct a total picture of the experience and impact of World War II in Iran and Iraq. Contending that these two countries were more important to the Allied forces’ war operations than has ever been acknowledged, historian Ashley Jackson investigates the grand strategy of the Allies and their operations in the region and the continuing legacy of Western intervention in the Middle East. Iran and Iraq served as the first WWII theater in which the U.S., the U.K., and the U.S.S.R. fought alongside each other. Jackson charts the intense Allied military activity in Iran and Iraq and reveals how deeply the war impacted common people’s lives. He also provides revelations about the true nature of Anglo-American relations in the region, the beginnings of the Cold War, and the continuing corrosive legacy of Western influence in these lands.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Haven, Connecticut
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages432
ISBN (Electronic)9780300235364
ISBN (Print)9780300221961
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • Second World War
  • Middle East
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Allies
  • Great Britain
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • Military history
  • Foreign relations
  • Politics and government
  • World politics
  • History


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