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The 1946 Battle for Bahrain
1983DD Bahrain MapThe Kingdom of Bahrain
Beginning:

December 20, 1946

End:

December 24, 1946

Place:

Bahrain

Outcome:

A clear Allied victory

Major battles:

Manama.

Combatants

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany
Flag of Turkey Turkey
State Flag of Iran (1964-1980) Persian volunteers
Flag of Chechen Republic before 2004 Chechen volunteers
Avar Arab Ba'arth republic of Dammam Arab rebels.

Flag of Bahrain Bahrain
Flag of the Trucial States The Trucial States
Flag of Qatar Qatar
Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 South African garrison forces
Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand garrison forces.

Commanders

Flag of Turkey General Mustafa Abdul Hülia
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Admiral Hinze Manningburg
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Major General Erwin Rommel
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Hinericht Himmler
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Major General Stefan Kurt Graff

Flag of Bahrain Shiekh Ali Khalifa Mohamed bin Hamad Al Thani
Flag of the Trucial States Colonel Sheikh Abdul Al Kissim
Flag of Qatar Shiekh Abdulla Hamad Ali bin Isa Al Khalifa
Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Captain Henery Viktor De-Volk

Strength

1,200

476

Casualties and Losses

25 (14 local Arabs)

22 (20 local Arabs)

Overview

The Kingdom of Bahrain (Arabic: مملكة البحرين‎, Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn), was a small island protectorate near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It is ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family. With Turkey and Germany realising oil was also of importance to the Allies, a small detachment of German secret agents, Persian volunteers and Turkish troops covertly by see on several cargo ships to encourage a local rebellion. The 4 day anti-colonial rising did not work and the enemy forces were soon forced back to Manama by the 5 Trucial States Vickers 6-Ton tanks and 3 S. African Char B1 tanks stationed on the Island. Both the The 1946 Battle For Oman and the 1946 Trucial States Rebellion would occur a few days later. The Turkish frigate Mustafa would protect the fleeing rebels and shell out Manama. The nations fledgling oil industry had it’s only oil well was also blown up by sabateurs.

Causes of the conflict

The cutting off of the Allied oil supply was seen as a tactical necessity at the time.

Tactics

Both Turkey and Germany had realised oil was also of importance to the Allies. An Arab successful insurgency could gain them some permanent access to Gulf oil, while blowing up pipelines an alike could reduce output to the Allies for some time. The Turkish navy had been rebuilt and sent directly to the middle eastern theatre, bombarding and seizing the caostal ports.

Result

A clear allied victory, but oil supplies to the Allies were disrupted for several weeks.

Political outcome

Turkey was emboldened and stayed on the German’s side. South Africa's leader, Jan Smuts, would also praise his troops efforts and rally the colonial forces in the Gulf for many years to come. Turkeys military might was underestimated by the Allies, and worse off were the Allies unforseen Islamic strength which rose once again. The Turkish army had hundreds of Jihadi battalions, all of were either Turks, Arabs, Chechens, Sunni Iranians and all those from all countries who wished to fight for the Jihad in the Middle East.

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