Iran Iraq Naval War Volume 2: From Khark to Sirri, 1982-1986

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Author: TOM COOPER

Category: Humanities

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Helion & Company

ISBN: 9781915070807

RRP: $49.99

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Well away from major land battlefields of the Iran-Iraq War, and curious eyes of the public, the navies of the two involved parties fought a major naval war. Ironically, the mass of their efforts remain entirely unknown until this very day. If anything was ever reported about their naval battles, then only within the frame of what the West mis-declared into the ‘Tanker War’. Actually, and although best-known in the West, the portion of the Iran-Iraq War related to the Iraqi effort to prevent foreign tankers from loading the crude at Iranian oil terminals at Khark and elsewhere, was only one aspect of this naval war: indeed, ‘just one brick’ in an entire ‘wall’ that can only be described as the ‘oil war’ between Iran and Iraq. While the ‘most spectacular’, or at least attracting most of public attention, attacks by fighter-bombers of the Iraqi Air Force on tankers exporting the Iranian oil were ‘barely scratching the surface’: at least as often the Iraqi Navy trying exactly the same, but with help of its helicopters, fast missile craft and mines. In turn, the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy deployed its warships and helicopters supported by interceptors and fighter-bombers of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force to run a massive and convoy-protecting operation: the largest of its kind since 1945. The result were the most intensive air-sea battles of the last 75 years all characterised by their high speed and exchanges of massive blows. The Iran-Iraq Naval War describes and illustrates the key combatants and the most intense operations of both sides. Destroyers, frigates, corvettes, and fast missile crafts are all covered in thoroughly researched text, photographs and custom-drawn colour profiles, as are aircraft and helicopters supporting them. This book is thus taking the taking the reader in the middle of the action at sea and in the skies above it. AUTHORS: E. R. Hooton is a successful retired defence journalist, including acting as a Jane’s yearbook editor. Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. Farzin Nadimi is a writer and researcher of the Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf defense and security affairs, with a focus on Iran-Iraq War military history, energy security and geopolitics, economic warfare, and oil and gas industries. Milos Sipos is a Slovakian military historian.

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