Invasion Syria: 1941 by Henri de Wailly

Invasion Syria: 1941 by Henri de Wailly

An interesting look at a part of World War 2 which doesn’t fit the convenient narrative, where the French were the good guys – even though there was a substantial number who patently were not. As an Australian, I am always interested to read about my country’s involvement in the war, beyond the traditional “desert rats” narrative.

The book is a bit of a slow burner, giving a great deal of the historical and political backstory to the main events of the book. It helps the reader to understand that the war did not take place in a vacuum.

The version I read was translated from French, and perhaps it is a little wordier than it needed to be, but on the whole it was a genuinely entertaining and informative read, and I certainly came away better informed from having read it. It is a book for those who think they have read just about everything there is to read on the topic of World War 2.

I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

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