RAF in Iraq

Note to the Cabinet by the chief of the air staff, Hugh Trenchard, regarding the use of air power in Iraq between 1920 and 1922.

This report by Hugh Trenchard, the RAF's chief of staff between 1919 and 1927, was submitted to the Cabinet shortly after the RAF had quelled Turkish-led unrest in the Kurdistan area of Iraq. As the war secretary Winston Churchill argued, this striking demonstration of the potential of independent air power offered the prospect of upholding 'our Imperial prestige... with a minimum of expenditure both in lives and money'. In the difficult economic conditions of the immediate post-war period, these were important considerations. The air campaign in Iraq thus helped to cement the RAF's position as a fully independent service.
Catalogue reference: AIR19/109 (Oct 1922)

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