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Iranian Army

Iranian Army
List of current divisions
Structure of the Iranian Army
Historical Equipment
Current Equipment
History of the Iranian Army
Timeline of the Iranian Army
List of senior officers
Officer rank insignia
Warrant officer rank insignia
Enlisted rank insignia


The Iranian Army is the national army of Iran. ... Image File history File links Artesh_Logo. ... The Iranian Army is the national army of Iran. ... // Introduction This article will only consider military equipment in use since 1950. ... // Introduction From 1925 to the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iran used to be equipped with the very latest Western hardware. ...



A national army of sorts has existed in Iran since the establishment of the Persian Empire. National armys usually appeared throughout the country's points of strength, while in times of weakness mercinaries and conscript armies were recruited temporarily from fiefdoms. The original core of full time troops and imperial body guards were called the Immortals, these were established in 580BC by Cyrus the Great. These were replaced by the Junishapur Shah-n-Shah in the Sassanid Dynasty after a period of disunity and chaos in the country. Following the Arab invasion of Iran and eventual resurgence of Iranian dynasties a new full time army was formed by the name of Qezelbash in the Safavid Dynasty. The Qajar period saw several attempts to re-model the traditional Iranian military based on western models. These were met with limited success at the time.

Training over the centuries has varied wildly, however until the Qajar era it was common to see many train for combat in Zurkhaneh (Farsi: House's of Stregth). ...

The pre-revolutionary (Pahlavi) period

Following the rise of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1925 the new Imperial Iranian Army became a priority. Dramatic reforms brought in a host of western advisors and over the course of the next 50 years the army was to become the worlds 5th strongest by 1979.

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The post revolutionary

Immediately after the revolution a series of purges gutted the core of the Army's western trained senior commanders. This left it poorly prepared when Iraq invaded Iran in the Iran-Iraq War. A new cadre of commanders, shaped by their experiences in the war, drastically reduced reliance on foreign supplied equipment and training. Following the war the military pursued a dramatic restructuring, much of it under total secrecy. While still only a mere shadow of it's pre-revolutionary self, today's Artesh is rapidy re-asserting its abilities and continuing to grow. Combatants Iran Iraq Commanders Strength Casualties Est. ...

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