The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 54
Communications Required in the Defensive Zone
Communications Required in the Defensive Zone.
Roads penetrating the defensive zone.
Unfortunately for Turkey the mouths of the passes leading into Persian territory are on the Persian side of the border, the frontier line having been drawn to the west of the watershed.
To block the exits of these roads concentration of troops is required at Diarbekir, Mozul, Baghdád, Shústar, and Behbahán.
These are all points of first-class strategical importance commanding knots of roads or long stretches of mountains.
The Iskandarun-Isfahán trunk line meets all military require-ments in the defensive zone.
|Iskandarun,||Aleppo, Urfa, Mardin, Jazírah, Mozul, Baghdád, Zagros Gates, Karmansháh, Burújírd, Isfahán.|
|Suedia,||Aleppo, Urfa, Mardin, Jazírah, Mozul, Baghdád, Zagros Gates, Karmansháh, Burújírd, Isfahán.|
|Tripoli,||Aleppo, Urfa, Mardin, Jazírah, Mozul, Baghdád, Zagros Gates, Karmansháh, Burújírd, Isfahán.|
If the harbour of Tripoli is all that is desired, the preferable line is that of Tripoli-Homs-Aleppo.
The opening of river and cart-road communication from Muham-merah to Burújírd and Karmansháh, and from Shústar viâ Behbahán to Shiráz and viâ Ardal to Isfahán, is necessary to supplement the Persian section of the railway until such time as the country shall be ripe for the construction of aline of rails from Muhammerah, viâ Shústar, Dizfúl, Khoramábád to Burújírd, where it would join on to the main trunk line. The natural commercial prolongation of this line is viâ Hamadán to Tehrán.