LEBANON AND SYRIA PHOTOGRAPHS. My Album of Snaps (Part I) from Nov. 1942 till Dec. 1944. Large oblong 4to private photo album compiled by a RAF member during the second World War. Flexible Egyptioan cord-bound flexible goat-skin album, decorated in colour, leather strap stitching around edges.
Apart from Photos of Egypt and Soudan, this album contains over 100 snapshots (image size 62 x 39 mm rangin to 100 x 87 mm) of Beirut, Maghdouche, Baalbek, Dhour El Choueir, snow on Mount Lebanon, Damascus, and Hamate. Historical background of these photos is the necessity for Britain to occupy Vichy France-controlled Syria and Lebanon, in order to prevent a Middle Eastern pro-Nazi stronghold linking with Iraq, after a coup d'état had taken place on April 1, 1941 and Iraq had come under the control of Iraqi nationalists led by Rashid Ali, who appealed for German support.