Military Wiki
Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran
IranIraqWWII en.svg

World War II


August 25, 1941 – September 17, 1941


Imperial State of Iran

  • Decisive Allied victory
  • Soviet occupation of Northern Iran
  • British occupation of Southern Iran
  • Soviet Union
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Iran

Reza Shah Pahlavi Gholamali Bayandor (KIA)


9 divisions, 60 aircraft

  • United Kingdom:
  • 40 KIA
  • 3 planes lost
  • Soviet Union:
  • 22 KIA
  • 50 WIA
  • 1 tank destroyed
  • Iran:
  • 800 KIA
  • 200 civilians killed
  • 2 gunboats sunk,
  • 4 damaged
  • 6 planes lost

The Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran was the invasion Coupled with the Imperial State of Iran during World War II by Soviet and British. The Invasion (August 25 to September 17, 1941), given the code name Operation Countenance. The goal was to secure the Iranian oil fields and ensure the supply lines of the Allies (see Persian Corridor) for the Soviets fighting against Axis forces in the Eastern Front. Though Iran was officially a neutral country, its monarch, Reza Shah Pahlavi, was friendly with the Axis Powers: he was deposed during the subsequent occupation and replaced by his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

See also

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).