Map showing the approach to Damascus on the right flank of Operation Exporter, (renamed “Operation Scimitar” by Churchill in this retelling of events. The Russian Marines and
Argonauts held positions just west of Qatana while the Gurkha Battalion drove on Aartouz and the airfield. The main British and Free French positions were on the river attacking Kissoue
(Kisawah) and Tel Afar.
Below: A close up of the German attack west of Qatana by elements of the 5th Mt. Division
Below this is a diagram showing the German XIV Korps ordered to Syria to stop Operation Scimitar. The second division depicted beneath 9th Panzer Div is the
Wiking SS Motorized Division under Steiner.