The Golden Carpet.

De Chair, Somerset 1911-1995.

Book ID: 21987


8vo. 224 pp., frontispiece, photographs, endpaper maps, 1 folding map, cloth in torn d/w, appendix, index, book plate of Professor R. M. Burrell, Faber & Faber, London, 1944.


De Chair was Intelligence Officer with “Kingcol”, a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brig.Gen. Kingstone. This tiny 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, Baghdad falling on 30 May 1941; the book covers this and subsequent operations in Syria.

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