World War, STRATEGY: The Battle of 1942

"The Caucasus, Iran, Iraq and Syria may well prove to be the great battlefield of 1942. It is difficult to predict whether any particular phase of the war will be decisive, but obviously when and if the Germans strike out for the oil in the Caucasus and the oil in Iran and seek to attack our Middle Eastern position, this region will become the main theater of war."

General Sir Archibald Percival Wavell said these words last week just as two great new battles—in Russia and in Libya —reached an ugly pitch. The world had its eyes on those battles, but...

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