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1946 Battle for Saudi Arabia (Hitler's World)

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The 1946 Battle For Oman
300px Saudi Arabia
Beginning:

December 24, 1946

End:

December 31, 1946

Place:

North Eastern Saudi Arabia

Outcome:

A Major Turkish/Islamist victory

Combatants

Flag of Turkey Turkey
State Flag of Iran (1964-1980) Sunni Persian volunteers

Avar Arab Ba'arth republic of Dammam local Arab Islamists
Flag of the State of Aden South Yemeni Arab separatists

Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Flag of Oman Oman
Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 South African garrison forces
Flag of Australia Australian garrison forces
British Raj Red Ensign British Indian garrison forces
Flag of the Colony of Aden United Kingdom Colony of Aden colonial troops.

Commanders

Flag of Turkey General Mustafa Abdul Hülia

Flag of Saudi Arabia Colonel Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Al-Abdul Bin-Saud
Flag of Oman Shiekh Fahd bin Qaboos bin Said bin Mahmoud al Said
Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Captain Henry Viktor De-Volk
Flag of Australia Sergeant Hugh Kit O'Conner.

Strength

300, 000

600, 256

Casualties and Losses

4000

300, 555

Overview

Increasing successes in and around Saudi Arabia, in the Middle Eastern theater, gave the Turkish Empire a full broad screen to begin an invasion of Saudi Arabia, much like Operation Barbarossa. With respect to religion, the Third Reich stayed well away from Turkey's path. The Sultan of Turkey amassed a huge force of Muslim and Arab legions. This battle is highly significant as there was completely no participation or involvement of Third Reich in this particular battle. It was all devised by Muslim-Turkish generals, indicating respect for their newly-found Muslim allies as this was the Holy Land.

Tactics

Sultan Majid attempted to spark a rebellion within the Kingdom first, hoping to cause disarray by calling upon the Saudi people to rise and liberate the Holy Land from the British puppets (Saudi Monarch). However, this worked to an extent, the Bedouins of Najid and the people of Hijaz remained under firm Saudi control, but a few contingents from the Saudi royal army revolted, offering their allegiance to the Sultan. They successfully took control of Medina, and launched hit and run tactics against Makkan forces. These proved to be excellent against Saudi forces who assumed Turkish forces would just engage in pitched battles as they did in the First World War. The South was an easy target for the Muslim-Turkish allied force especially since they already held Oman, and with the newly-allied Yemeni Emirate British and Saudi forces had very little chance of holding southern parts of the peninsula.

Result

A major Axis victory, the Saudi Kingdom fell and the King was executed, Makkah was surrounded by Yemeni-Turkish forces. Surrendering after three days of holdout, Medina was captured with the storming of the city. No one was executed due to it being the holy city. The Nejid was put under a direct occupation by the Turkish military and the Sultan personally visited the cities of Medina and Makkah.

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