Cambridge, 1st ed., 1979. 168 pp., cold., + b&w photo-ills., + maps & plans, some partly cold. D.j., 24 x 20cm. FINE. The cradle of World War 3? The Middle East has been a fulcrum of violence throughout the centuries. Since 1974 the area has become a virtual proving ground for new weapon systems of ever-increasingly lethality, yet this was the first book, published in 1979, to be devoted to a detailed study of its contending forces, their aims, weapons and equipment, their organisation, tactics and training, their uniforms, histories and motives. Coloured and black & white photographs and maps provide graphic descriptions of the various conflicts in Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Oman, the Sinai, Yemen and other trouble spots, together with valuable technical data previously unavailable to the public.