US Army Major General Once Commander of Iranian National Police





US Army Major General Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr.


During World War Two, the British Empire and the Soviet Union feared hostile action from the pro-German Shah of Iran. Such actions could have including interfering with British and Soviet supply lines and their access to Iranian oil fields which the British controlled.

Soviet along with British and Commonwealth troops seized key points in Iran in 1942 and forced the Shah to abdicate in favor of his son, who was overthrown in 1979. The new Shah behaved as the Allies wanted to him.

While this may seem harsh, World War Two was a fight to finish and the Allies did not want to worry over Iran. After the new Shah came to power, then Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. went to Iran and took charge of the Iranian national police for the duration of the war.

He had been a military adviser to the Iranians in the 1920s and knew many influential leaders in that country.

After the war, Schwarzkopf  became Provost Marshal of the US Occupied Zone of Germany, which placed him in charge of all US Military Police. He retired as a three-star Major General in 1953.

His son,  four-star general Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., commanded all coalition forces in the highly successful Gulf War.


 US Army four-star general Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.


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