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Britain's Desert War in Egypt and Libya 1940-1942: The End of the Beginning'

Britain's Desert War in Egypt and Libya 1940-1942: The End of the Beginning' (Hardback)

By Braddock, David

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A concise and authoritative account of the North Africa campaigns.

ISBN 9781526759788
Published 5 June 2019 by Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781526759788
ISBN-10 1526759780
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Imprint Pen & Sword Military
Publication Date 5 June 2019
International Publication Date 30 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Braddock, David
Category World History: Second World War
Military History
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Africa, North
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.5423
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The desert war in Libya and Egypt between 1940 and 1942 has deservedly attracted the attention of many historians. Fought in an unforgiving yet strategically important landscape, the fortunes of the implacable opponents swung wildly. While best remembered for the duel between Montgomery's Eighth Army and Rommel's Afrika Korps and the iconic battle of El Alamein, this fine account describes that there was much more to the story than that. In addition to the role of Imperial and Italian troops, the cast of characters included the controversial Auchinleck, the long-suffering Alexander and many other gifted commanders. Gazala, Bir Hakeim, Alam Halfa and Tobruk battles were among the many fiercely fought battles. The two sides employed weapons that have passed into immortality; Germany's Tiger and Panther tanks and lethal 88mm anti-tank gun. The Messerschmitt BF109 fighter locked horns with desert-modified Spitfires and Hurricanes. The author highlights the vital roles of the Royal Navy, disrupting enemy supplies, and the Royal Air Force, which eventually gained command of the air. For a concise account of this decisive campaign, David Braddock's authoritative yet highly readable history is unlikely to be surpassed.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

David Braddock was educated at Dartford Grammar School in Kent and attended Birmingham University gaining a 1st Class Honours Degree (BA) and in 1950 became a Research Scholar. In 1953 he joined the Royal Air Force in 1953 as an Education Officer. Retiring in 1958 he joined the University of Southampton's Adult Education Department. Before retiring, he worked for the British Army preparing officers for the Staff College entrance examination. Among those he taught was General Sir Nick Carter KCB, CBE, DSO, the current Chief of the Defence Staff, who has written the Foreword to this edition. This book was originally published in 1964 as The Campaigns in Egypt & Libya 1940-1942. In 2011 David was awarded the MBE for 40 years of voluntary service supporting educational development in Dorset. He lives near Weymouth.

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