IIRC the power that be in Persia at the time were pro Axis so the Allies (read US and Britain) staged and supported a coup that placed a pro Allied goverment in charge. Wethen built a rail line to carry lend lease supplies by rail from Iran to Soviet Union and it was powered by two Alco RS-1 diesel locomotives.
There was also the British invasion of Vichy French held Syria which IIRC Germany flew aircraft in to help support the Vichy Syrian goverment.
BraunI still think a Sww2 style map liek alpenfestung with all experimental stuff would be awesome it would change things up a little....IMO
Uh, what exactly would it change? ...