MAP - Iraq issues, SR-1936 (MAC)
Postby geminif4ucorsair » Apr 01 2015
SR-1936 Version: MAC v.8.3.38 (Standbox)
IRAQ map has errors that should be corrected for 1936, as below:
1. REMOVE: Road across Shatt-el-Arab waterway (X1126 Y266) was not present in 1936. Should be removed.
Comment: Have reviewed several hundred historical photos of the area in '36-37, and the road
bridge does not exist.
Much later, believe during WW2 that last into post-war, a causeway was built by the British
(have viewed photos) - but crossing the Shatt-el-Arab was done by small water taxis, luggers
and barges in 1936.
2. Ref road bridge above; British and Commonwealth troops unloaded at Umm Qasr (X1128 Y266),
then usually took the railroad line (or motor transport) north to Baghdad & Habbiniyah.....
3. ADD: 1936 British - Iraqi Land and Air Transit diplomatic relations missing: UK had airfield at Habbaniya (X1096 Y248) -
Airfield not there - and had just relocated its single Audax squadron from further up north in Iraq, to
Habbaniya. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Habbaniya
That the British were allowed to both transit by Land and Air, would indicate a missing Diplomatic
Agreement between the two countries; please add.
4. Shatt-al-Arab Waterway - this waterway is limited in transit by the road indicated above, but
with removal of the road across the waterway, water transit (cargo ships, etc.) should not be allowed
further up-river, beyond Umm Qasr (X1128 Y266) - where all merchant ships and others should be required
to unload at.
5. Missing Names for Commonwealth bases, Middle East:
Names should be added to several British bases in the Middle East....including those in Iraq, Trans-Jordan
During several SR-36 (Sandbox) games it has been noticed that Iraqi forces, when stationed at Basra, fire on
British merchant ships trying to transit the Shatt-al-Arab - should this not constitute WAR declaration between
the UK and Iraq ??
However, with the correction and addition of Land and Air Transit rights for British military, that should no
This post was post in general forum and should have been as a Map Errata.