King Shahpur II v/s the Arab intruders
When the Persian King Shahpur II (309 – 379 ACE) was an infant the Arabs started attacking the Southern territories of the Sasanian Empire, destroying many towns and villages in the process.
These successful raids boosted the morale of the Arabs and they began to settle down forcefully into the raided territories of South-Western Iran and Sasanian Persian Gulf costline. The Arabs failed to realize that their success was only due to a lack of response from the Persian military machine.   
The boy-emperor Shahpur pushed aside ineffective advisors and ordered the Sasanian Cavalry (Backbone of Persian Military) to crush the Arab invaders.
When the barbarian Arabs, mounted on camels, encountered the disciplined Sasanian army they realized they lacked the military ability to stand up against the Persians. The Persians were overwhelmingly successful and swiftly liberated all the lands from the Arabs.
Yet Shahpur was not content with this victory; the Sasanian army sailed across the Persian Gulf and greeted the Arabs on their own land. The Arabs were defeated in Bahrain, Ghateef and Yamama.

Further, Shahpur fortified the areas by building defensive walls along western regions of Southen Iraq. Shahpur’s defences facing Arabia were known as ‘Khandaq-e-Shahpur’.

Image Coursety – devonwargames


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