Syria and Lebanon 1941

The Allied Fight against the Vichy French

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A detailed study of the Syrian and Lebanon campaign of World War II.

In June 1941, Australian, British, Indian, and Free French forces invaded the Vichy French-controlled Mandate of Syria and Lebanon. They were outnumbered, and faced an enemy that had more artillery, tanks, and aircraft. They fought in rocky, mountainous terrain, through barren valleys and across swollen rivers, and soon after the initial advance faced a powerful Vichy French counterattack on key strategic positions. Despite these difficulties, the Allies prevailed, and in doing so ensured that the territory did not fall into German or pro-German hands, and thus provide a springboard from which Axis forces could attack British oil interests in Iraq, or the key territory of Palestine. This book examines the high military and political strategy that lay behind the campaign, as well as the experiences and hardships as endured by the men on the ground. The battles in Syria and Lebanon were complex actions, often at the battalion level or below, and this work uses extensive war diaries and records available to make sense of the actions and examine how they affected the wider campaign.

Table of Contents

- Allies
- Vichy
- Allies
- Allied order of battle
- Vichy
- Vichy order of battle
- Allies
- Vichy
- Coastal column, 7–15 June 1941
- The war in the air and on the sea
- Central column, 7–15 June 1941
- Right column, 7–15 June 1941
- The Vichy French counter-attack
- Taking Damascus
- Continued fighting at Merdjayoun and Jezzine
- Mopping up around Damascus
- North Syria and Palmyra
- Attacks along the Euphrates
- The final push on the coast
- The Battle of Damour
- The war at sea

Product details

Published Feb 15 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472843845
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 373
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


David Sutton

Dr David Sutton is a historian in the Military His…


Graham Turner

Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, spec…


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