Squadron Leader M P Casano MC
Between April – June 1941, the Iraqis led by Rashid Ali, and with the backing of the Axis powers, rose againt the British in what became known as the “Iraqi Revolt”.
Formed on 7 April 1922 at Heliopolis, Egypt.
The company was incorporated into the RAF Regiment and merged with 2702 Squadron in October 1946. This unit was renamed 2 Squadron RAF Regiment in February 1947 and continues to serve to this day.
From 1922 until they were formally absorbed into the RAF Regiment in 1946, the Armoured Car Companies of the RAF provided an unbroken period of distinguished service throughout the Middle East. This service ranged from the fertile valleys of Iraq to the history rich settlements of Palestine, from the West Bank of Jordan to the barren hills of Dhala in Aden.
Even as Iraqi troops were assembling on the Heights above Habbaniyah, Wavell had been instructed by Churchill to ready a relief force. This was the only time in the entire war that he completely overruled one of his commanders.
Hitler’s main objective for 1941 was the defeat of the Soviet Union and Stalin. He had curtailed any thoughts of invasion of the British Isles and moved the majority of his offensive armour eastwards. To protect his southern flank during operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia, Hitler needed the British and Commonwealth forces to be unable to interfere with his advance.