Date:- 8th June - 14th July 1941 Location:- Syria and Lebanon Result:- Allied victory with the Free French control of Syria and Lebanon, shortly followed by their independence
Belligerents: Allied: Axis: Australia Vichy France United Kingdom Syria India Lebanon British Palestine Germany Assyrian Levies Transjordan Free French Forces Free Czechoslovakia Commanders and Leaders: Allied: Axis: Archibald Wavell Henri Dentz Henry Maitland Wilson John Lavarack Paul Legentilhomme Logistics and Forces used - Strength: Allied: Axis: Approximately 34,000 troops 45,000 troops 50+ Aircraft 90 tanks 1 Landing Ship 289 Aircraft 1+ Cruisers 2 Destroyers 6 Destroyers 3 Submarines Casualties and losses Allied: Axis: ~4,052 casualties 6,352 - 8,912 casualties 27 aircraft 179 aircraft
The Syria-Lebanon campaign, also known as Operation Exporter, was the Allied invasion of Vichy French-controlled Syria and Lebanon in June-July 1941, during World War II. Time Magazine referred to the fighting as a 'mixed show' while it was taking place and the campaign remains little known, even in the countries that took part. There is evidence that Allied censors acted to suppress or reduce reportage of the fierce fighting. Senior Allied commanders and/or politicians believed that knowledge of fighting against French forces could have a negative effect on public opinion in Allied countries.
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