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Sunrise at Abadan: The British and Soviet Invasion of Iran, 1941 Hardcover – November 21, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0275927936 ISBN-10: 0275927938 Edition: First Edition

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"Using official documents in British, German, and US archives, as well as interviews with and the memoirs of more than three dozen participants and observes, Stewart has produced the most detailed and vivid account yet written of the events connected with the Anglo-Russian occupation of Iran in August and September, 1941. The Allies cited the presence of many German nationals in Iran as pretext for their invasion. Their more compelling motives, however, were to forestall a possible German entry entry through the Caucasus, to secure the main supply route for weapons destined for the USSR, and to safeguard Britain's oil interests in Khuzistan. Stewart probes Britain's moral dilemma caused by invading a neutral Iran, but concludes that Britain's desperate military position in 1941 justified the occupation. Competing Russian and Western interests in Iran, however, initiated the Cold War in that land long before VE day in Europe. This work supersedes such earlier military histories as Paiforce: The Official Story of the Persia and Iraq Command, 1941-1946 (London, 1948); and T.H. Vail Motter's The U.S. Army in World War II: The Persian Corridor and Aid to Russia (1956). The Iranian context can be further studied in George Lenczowski's Russia and the West in Iran, 1918-1948 (1949), and Iran Under the Pahlavis, ed. by George Lenczowski Bruce Kuniholm's The Origins of the Cold War in the Near East clearly links the emerging Cold War to the occupation of Iran. Stewart's well-written, fully documented, and well-indexed study of an often overlooked chapter in WW II is highly recommended for college, university, and public libraries." -- Choice

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Using official documents in British, German, and US archives, as well as interviews with and the memoirs of more than three dozen participants and observes, Stewart has produced the most detailed and vivid account yet written of the events connected with the Anglo-Russian occupation of Iran in August and September, 1941. . . . Stewart's well-written, fully documented, and well-indexed study of an often overlooked chapter in WW II is highly recommended for college, university, and public libraries. Choice

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  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (November 21, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275927938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275927936
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,121,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Utah Blaine on September 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book recounts the manueverings by the British and Soviets (and to a lesser degree the US and the French) in Iran during WWII. This is more of a political/foreign policy history, rather than a military history. The details of this campaign and the issues that lead up to it were almost totally unknown to me before I read this book. The extant of my knowledge consisted only of a vague awareness that the US and British transfered massive amounts of supplies and equipment through Iran during the war. The events related in this book can only be described as eye-opening. Did you know that the UK and the Soviet Union invaded Iran using a Pearl Harbor style surprise attack while deliberately misleading the Iranian govt about their motives and intentions?

There are so many wonderful pieces of information in this book that it is impossible to list them all. I'll just summarize a few that struck me as particularly interesting, either out of historical interest or relevence to current events. First, Stewart explains the complex nature of the relationships between the major combatants (Germany, Italy, the UK, France, and the Soviet Union) that existed prior to June 22, 1941. It was not at all clear that the UK and France would side with the Soviet Union against Germany. In fact, France and England had a detailed plan in place to bomb the Soviet oil facilities in Baku in 1940! Only the German invasion of France in May of that year prevented this from occuring. Second, the Iranians viewed the US as their natural allies who would respect the rights of neutral non-belligerents and would protect them from the self-serving machinations of the UK and the Soviet Union. At the time, the US was viewed as the country most likely to uphold international laws and moral justice.
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