Führer Directive No. 30

History of Sorts


Many people think that the problems in the middle east are relatively new. But places like Iraq have been a troublesome areas  which have been in conflict for many decades.

Führer Directive No. 30 (German: Weisung Nr. 30) was a directive issued by German dictator Adolf Hitler during World War II. It ordered German support for Iraq’s Arab nationalists, who were fighting the British.

Führer Directive No. 30 dealt with German intervention in support of Arab nationalists in the Kingdom of Iraq. During the 1930s, representatives of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy attempted to gain favor with various Iraqi nationalists and promised support against the British. On 1 April 1941, Rashid Ali and members of the pro-Axis “Golden Square” staged a coup d’etat against the pro-British government of Regent Amir Abdul Illah.

On 2 May, after tensions mounted on both sides, the British launched pre-emptive air strikes against Iraqi…

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