Iraq Before Saddam
British Pathe has one of the finest video digitization collection and fantastic restorations. Here some of pre Saddam Hussein Iraq.
During this time of turmoil in Iraq, it is interesting to look back at that country and its history prior to Saddam Hussein coming to power. In the British Pathé archive, there are some fascinating stories and images from that beautiful, if troubled, state. This selection of 10 films includes footage of King Feisal, the construction of Iraqi oil fields, and vintage looks at Iraqi culture.
For those wanting more recent footage from Iraq’s history, these short overviews by John Humphrys document Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991, Operation Desert Storm, the fall of Iraq during the 2003 invasion, and the capture of Saddam Hussein by US troops.
1. BAGHDAD AND BEYOND (c.1932)
The British mandate in Iraq came to an end in 1932 after twelve years. This film prevents an intriguing picture of life in Iraq at around that time, including footage of the Iraqi army.
2. A ROYAL…
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