Naval Strategy East of Suez: The Role of Djibouti

Naval Strategy East of Suez: The Role of Djibouti

by Charles W. Koburger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275941167

ISBN-13: 9780275941161

Pub. Date: 03/30/1992

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

This is the only current book on maritime Djibouti, and the only one available in English since 1968. It describes the geography, naval history, and present strategic role of this small country, and indicates its possible future. Naval Strategy East of Suez includes previously little-known facts of French covert action in Italian East Africa, 1938-1941; and

Overview

This is the only current book on maritime Djibouti, and the only one available in English since 1968. It describes the geography, naval history, and present strategic role of this small country, and indicates its possible future. Naval Strategy East of Suez includes previously little-known facts of French covert action in Italian East Africa, 1938-1941; and of Operation Toreador (1956), which served to aid Operation Musketeer. It also turns a spotlight on the Allied blockade of Djibouti in 1940-1942. In a sense, this book is a more readable, and less technical, treatment of what sailors call sailing directions.

Djibouti's naval base, 600 miles closer to the Strait of Hormuz than Diego Garcia, is the nearest base to Middle East oil centers likely to be available to France and its allies in the future—facts often ignored or unknown to all but the most specialized of specialists. Koburger believes that the troubles in the Middle East are only beginning. His book offers a background and strategy about an area little known to Anglophones that is of considerable potential usefulness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275941161
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/1992
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Military Abbreviations and Special Terms

Early Days

The First World War and After

War Comes to the CFS

The Blockade

Interregnum

The Base

Conclusion

Appendixes: Characteristics of French Naval Vessels: A Representative List

Tonnage Received by the CFS by Sea, 1940-1941

The Port of Djibouti

Sea Distances from Djibouti

Djibouti-Based Gulf Crisis Units

Winds, Tides, and Currents

Bibliography

Index

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