The Golden Carpet.

De Chair, Somerset 1911-1995.

Book ID: 21987


8vo. 224 pp., frontispiece, photographs, endpaper maps, 1 folding map, cloth in clipped and torn d/w, appendix, index, book plate of Professor R. M. Burrell verso front endpaper, copy inside clean and in very good condition, Faber & Faber, London, first one volume edition, 1944.


De Chair was an Intelligence Officer with “Kingcol”, a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brig. Gen. Kingstone. This small force was sent from Palestine to Baghdad to deal with the effects of the “Golden Square” coup amongst pro-Nazi Iraqi military officers. Despite the air support extended to the Iraqis by the German and Italian air forces, the operation was a complete success, leading to Baghdad falling on 30 May 1941. The book covers this mission and subsequent operations in Syria.

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