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A second pre-emptive strike was required on the Red Navy dockyards at Poti in connection to the planed southern thrust by Axis forces. Luftwaffe sent several more dive bombers and fighters from Turkey, as with the raid on Sochi in 1944, to forfill the successful mission. Chechen and Georgian rebels would also lay siege to both Grozney and Poti from the 7th to the 12th. All this gave the German forces in the southern thrust a breathing space and helped divert Soviet forces from the on-going occupation of the now rebeling Iran.
Causes of the conflict
A pre-emptive strike was required on the Red Navy dockyard at Poti, which was badly damaged in the raid. Iran, like Turkey, also had a stake in the territories of the Caucuses mountains and Turkmenistan.
The historic friction between Russia and the Caucuses, especially under communism was exploited by the Axis forces.
A heavy German and Turkish victory
Turkey and Iran were encoraged by their small victory over Bolshevism and stayed on the German’s side.