Why was Iran Iraq a stalemate when Iraq had the 4th largest army and had chem and bio weapons?

Why was Iran Iraq a stalemate when Iraq had the 4th largest army and had chem and bio weapons?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Go here on google maps and turn on terrain mode.
    https://www.google.com/maps/@31.5075133,51.3173989,6.75z

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Holy frick. How do you use armor in that terrain?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You drive your western tanks into a swamp where they immediately bog down and then blame the west for making bad tanks.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Stupid Anglos shouldn't make obese tanks then.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Arent tanks amphibious these days?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Lol.
            Some can "wade" ie. drive on the bottom with a snorkel but you need to be sure the bottom isn't something you are going to get bogged in or you are going to die a terrible death.
            Swamps tend to be muddy so this isn't an option even ignoring trees and other complications in the way.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Couldnt you fill up a big bag with air and have someone swim down and cover the hatch with the bag so the tankers can get out of ze tank without water pushing in and then swim to the surface?

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Arent tanks amphibious these days?

                Lol.
                Some can "wade" ie. drive on the bottom with a snorkel but you need to be sure the bottom isn't something you are going to get bogged in or you are going to die a terrible death.
                Swamps tend to be muddy so this isn't an option even ignoring trees and other complications in the way.

                Militiary vehicles like AFVs/Tanks aren't now and have never been hermetically airtight or watertight.

                In amphibious mode, they leak and offset it with a bilge pump.

                When in NCB protection mode, they activate a positive pressure system to keep out outside air.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You chuck the corpses from the previous assaults into the swamp, cover it in lye and sand and voila!
        you may now assault mechanically*

        *results may vary

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Move from the Southern border
      >GIT OUTTA MUH SWAMP
      >Move from the Central border
      >Welcome to Kansas in the desert, so much flat earth that Green Party morons are salivating.
      >Northern Border...
      >lol. lmao. Welcome to the Rocky Mountains.

      >how bad can it really be
      >pick a random google streetview panorama in the northern border region
      lol, lmao even can't imagine how it turned into a quagmire ps that region is breathtakingly beautiful

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Damn, that is pretty.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Ideal tank country.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        damn iran is pretty
        I wish we weren't about to bomb it to smithereens in a few years otherwise I'd love to visit it peacefully

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It kills me how beautiful some of these places are. Reminds me of how if you look past the war torn drudgery, Aghanistan is an absolutely gorgeous country as well.

        Also some of the trout species I have on a bucket list also happen to be in the more dangerous areas of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          It annoys me greatly too, there’s a lot of places I’d like to go but can’t because if I do I’m going to end up the star of a 1970’s Italian shock exploitation flick

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          How do you bucket throuts? Why?

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Adventure~
            It just comes down to the fact that theirs a lot of unique trout species in the world, and most of the pretty ones tend to be in some really whack places.
            For example, the Korean DMZ has two really beautiful variations of the Manchurian and Cherry Trout. You can *sometimes* gets permission to fish for them, but you usually need to go through paperwork hell to get to them.

            https://i.imgur.com/v0Bjrqx.jpeg

            It annoys me greatly too, there’s a lot of places I’d like to go but can’t because if I do I’m going to end up the star of a 1970’s Italian shock exploitation flick

            It's the threat of, "Being executed by ISIS or Kurdish forces" that keeps me from going fishing in the mountain ranges of eastern Turkey.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The ground war never reached that far inside Iran. The Iraqis were stopped at Ahvaz and thrown back.
      2 million dead and wounded almost all located across the marshlands and plains of Khorramshar to Basra.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      zeihanesque answer
      it was NOT the mountains that stopped iraq

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Arabs vs not Arabs

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Arabs vs not Arabs
      >https://www.meforum.org/441/why-arabs-lose-wars
      /thread

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Arabs vs not Arabs
      >https://www.meforum.org/441/why-arabs-lose-wars
      /thread

      Iranians aren't Arabs you uneducated morons

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >waaaaah they're totally the """white""" ancestors of slavs waaaaaaah
        Eat shit. All durkas are a-rabs.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        yeah, they're the "not Arabs" in the sentence you copied and posted, esl-kun

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >STATE GOLEM

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Iran had more bodies and Tomcats. Also a year into the war the entire dynamic shifted. It went from Iran defending from an Iraqi invasion to Iraq defending from an Iranian counter-invasion since Khomeini was obsessed with the idea of toppling Saddam.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why did he fail to topple saddam if they had more men and planes?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        NTA
        Iraq had a huge armour advantage which was made near useless by

        Go here on google maps and turn on terrain mode.
        https://www.google.com/maps/@31.5075133,51.3173989,6.75z

        When Iran tried to push back they were trying to take flat terrain Iraq could use those tanks on.

        It's funny to me how on /k/ everyone will discuss every aspect of war from equipment to geopolitics but terrain is so often forgotten.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >someone makes a hypothetical invasion of US thread
          >People comment about Appalachians, Sierra Nevada, Cascades
          >A very clear understanding of the South's Marshland's and oil facilities
          >make a thread about invading another country
          >"Yeah bro, just hellfire missiles and we won"
          Geography determines tempo and control, something too many forget. The US for years had trouble with controlling Central Afghanistan because it was mountainous and the Taliban used it advantageously. The same thing happened to the Soviets. Two massive military powers couldn't absolutely dominate over rough territory, allowing insurgency to take route. You can argue the same with Vietcong/ NVA in South East Asia jungle terrain.
          This board needs to start looking at Maps with terrain gradients added.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Iran couldn't replace any vehicle losses effectively. Their industry at the time was only capable of producing small arms, AT weapons and ammo. Basically any M60 or Chieftain destroyed was an irreplaceable loss. It was even worse in terms of aircraft for them since wear and tear took a toll on their air force. Buying shit abroad was also not an option as except for North Korea nobody was willing to trade with Iran.
        Iraq by contrast could count on the support of the USSR, US and France. So vehicle losses weren't much of an issue for them. They also had a ton of cash and could buy even more weapons from China. Finally they could also rely on chemical weapons which they produced locally.
        By the end of the war Iran simply lacked the means to continue fighting effectively and an Iraqi counter-invasion seemed more likely. So Khomeini eventually had no choice but to agree the cease-fire and a return to status quo.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          But why didn't saddam tell kohmeni to frick off since he had such a huge advantage? Was Iran able to frick Iraq up? Those numbers look pretty bad for Iran.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Saddam wanted out of the war since '82 when he realized his plans of conquest won't go anywhere. Khomeini kept saying 'no u go then only peace'. So it went on for five more years until the Iranians finally gave up.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Mah food, back the Iraq although a middle-Eastern dictatorship was much more "civilised" than the ragheads we know today. Iran on the other hand went full Jihad, we are talking child soldiers, mass infantry assaults compensating the lack in equipment with catastrophic casualties.
            And you have remember despite all the artillery and armor advantage Iraq still needed infantry to take land.
            Eventually they would reach stalemate and that would be that.
            What is funny is what comes next when the US demolishes Saddam.
            Most of the soldiers were so tired after 8 years of war that when they saw that the USAF was pushing their shit in they just abandoned their positions.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            By the time of the peace deal Iraq was in huge debt due to taking loans to pay for the war. Which is the main reason they invaded Kuwait a few years later.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Much of Iran's weaponry was supplied by Israel of all countries.

          >Unable to get military equipment from the Carter administration, the Iranians reached out through back channels to the Israeli government and negotiated a preliminary covert arms deal between the two countries. In early 1980, the first military equipment sale by Israel to the Iranian government of Ayatollah Khomeini occurred, when Israel sold to Iran a large number of tires for the F-4 Phantom fighter jet.[12][13][14][15][16] The net profit from the sale gave rise to an extra-budgetary Likud party/intelligence community slush fund, which grew substantial over the next years.

          Likud is Netanyahu's party btw

          >Israeli arms sales to Iran totaled an estimated $500 million from 1981 to 1983 according to the Jaffe Institute for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Other arms experts estimated the total sales at more than $500 million per year including aircraft spare parts, artillery, and ammunition.173 Internal U.S. government reports indicated that in the early 1980s total Israeli arms sale to Iran approached $2 billion each year. Most of it was paid for by Iranian oil delivered to Israel. According to Ahmad Haidari, an arms dealer who worked for the Iranian government, "roughly 80 percent of the weaponry bought by Tehran immediately after the onset of the war originated in Israel." The fact "that the Iranian air force could function at all", according to Mark Phythian, after Iraq's initial attack and "was able to undertake a number of sorties over Baghdad and strike at strategic installations" was "at least partly due to the decision of the Reagan administration to allow Israel to channel arms of US origin to Iran to prevent an easy and early Iraqi victory."

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            A 1h46 video explaining the Reagan administration using Israel as a middle-man for arms sales, also known as "Iran-Contra":

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            OOOOOLLIE NORTH
            OOOOOLLIE NORTH

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              CAUSE WHAT THEY DID WAS TECHNICALLY HIGH TREASON

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            How quickly America will abandon any principles it has when it gets in the way of Israeli profiteering.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              It was an attempt to release hostages and also pocket some of the money to then divert to the Contras which had been blocked from getting American aid by legislature.
              Principles were abandoned, but not for Israel.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              But apparently you missed the part where Iran was doing the same, as they say, realpolitiks, kek.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            don't they teach about Iran-Contra in schools?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Iran’s materiel advantage was from when they were still in good terms with the West, by the time of the ayatollah they were pretty much full pariah state. So whatever they lost couldn’t easily be replaced since they were essentially by themselves. Iraq was supported by both the US and USSR both financially and materially. Iraq was simply able to weather whatever may have happened to it, whereas Iran was on very thin ice to where every single bit of equipment (and especially aircraft) counted. O

        But why didn't saddam tell kohmeni to frick off since he had such a huge advantage? Was Iran able to frick Iraq up? Those numbers look pretty bad for Iran.

        Iran was basically proto ISIS as far as radicalism went, the ayatollah wanted Saddam gone and he was going to stop at nothing to make it happen.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Move from the Southern border
    >GIT OUTTA MUH SWAMP
    >Move from the Central border
    >Welcome to Kansas in the desert, so much flat earth that Green Party morons are salivating.
    >Northern Border...
    >lol. lmao. Welcome to the Rocky Mountains.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Arabs suck at war

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Neither Iran nor Iraq are Arab.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        mudslimes = arabs

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Arabs aren't even the majority of Muslims, moron-kun

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Iraq are Arab.
        Iraq is heavy majority Arabs with a small minority of Kurds (white) and a sprinkling of Turkmen (Turkic), Assyrians (white), Persians (white) and Bedouin.
        Saddam was full Arab, which is why he was so bad at war

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Persians (white)

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It appears warrior-BRRRRRAPP has entered the channel. He always manages to unveil himself.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >be persian diaspora
              >fire up computer
              >open browser
              >make horrendous posts

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Kurds (white) and a sprinkling of Turkmen (Turkic), Assyrians (white), Persians (white)

          Lmao. Nice try Mubarak

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          None of them are white. Mexicans at least have some (spanish) admixture, you fricknut burgermutt

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >kurds
          >white
          biji wiji moment

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's all not white to me (including the greeks)

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >strong air defenses
    >weak airforces

    That's what you need to break ground stalemats. Otherwise it turns into artillery fights with minefields and human wave tactics (hmm...).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Iran also had a formidable military of its own, plus they were fighting defensively initially.

      This is true, but the air operations of the Iran-Iraq War were cool as frick.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    because they had dog shit leadership and going through shit tier terrain, also chem/bio weapons have always been meme since turns out its really hard to kill people with said weapons out in the open, and in an age when every military and a good chunk of civilians have access to gas masks

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    child soldiers are op plz nerf

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Child soldiers are just wrong
      >The unsurmountable loss of a loving parent cannot be described in words. Statistics state that over 1.1 million children in Yemen have lost their parents to the ongoing conflict
      >It's estimated that 2,600 children have been forced into armed groups.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    yeah, that's what christianity will do to the west since "we are all brothers in christ". not to be a basedtheist but I DESPISE this about abrahamic religions

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Nah, look at both liberals and soviets, they too didn't have any issues murdering, shaming and provoking destructive behavior among "their side", it's more about human nature, it's them "commiting the sins", not us.

      No, look for mid to long term cuantitative results if you want to take sides, it may not work 100 percent of times but it's better than blind faith.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Arabs are terrible at war. It's why Turks, israelites, Anglos and Persians manage to outsmart them every single time even when the Arabs have a 10:1 numerical advantage.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >had chem and bio weapons
    These aren't war winning weapons; never have been

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Chemical weapons aren't very effective. The reason most countries don't use them has nothing to do with treaties or being inhumane. It's because they're more trouble than they're worth.

    Gas masks and PPE suits are very cheap pieces of equipment in the grand scheme of all the things necessary to fight a war.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Chemical weapons were one of the key elements of latter war Iraq's offensive.

      Gas mask ain't gonna save you from nerve gas and you aren't wearing rubber suit all day in the Iran's desert. Filtration suit, only NATO had some big stocks of them (and they wouldn't last for years long wars).

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    short story Saddams moronation saved Irans ass

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >chem and bio weapons?
    pretty useless

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the answer? Terrain

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Iraq's army under Sadam was only huge and good on paper, in the ground they don't have any good commander becouse it would threaten Sadam's power, so mediocrity reigns in Iraq under all of Sadam's legacy.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Iran was like Israel is today, till the Sha was in power Iran was US best friend and had all the best military toys and training.

    The equipment of course didn't last forever but they also had some dignified local production capabilities and a very large population that just went trough a religious revolution, so plenty of stupid young super religius guys which dethroned the Sha because he was not particularly religious.

    Ultimately Iran's american tech didn't last very long but long enough to prevent being steamrolled by Iraq and turn the war into an endless trench warfare with mass infantry formations, millions of landmines, chemicals warfare and so on.

    Both countries effectively lost decades of wealth in that war.

    Also while the US armed Iraq the Israeli armed the Iranians because they didn't want Saddam to become too influential.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Why was Iran Iraq a stalemate when Iraq had the 4th largest army and had chem and bio weapons?

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Iranians were a more professional military and generally had better quality soldiers. Also Iraqi officers were routinely executed for the most mundane reasons, so the Iraqi military ended up having a lot of inexperienced officers who were afraid to disobey any moronic command the Saddam regime gave them. Also Iran had a much better Air Force.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The iranian military was a complete mess following the revolution, with much of the officer corps haveing to be rebuilt from scratch. See: Battle of Khorramshahr

  21. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was full of Arabs.

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