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Following Mussolini’s declaration of war in June 1940, initially Italy faced only those British troops based in the Middle East but as the confrontation in North Africa escalated, other nations were drawn in (Germany, Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, France & the US) to wage the first major tank battles of the WW2.

First tracing the history of the very early beginnings of civilisation in North Africa, & on through the period of Italian colonisation, Jean Paul Pallud begins his account when the initial shots were fired at the 11th Hussars as they approached Italian outposts near Sidi Omar in Libya.

When the Afrikakorps joined the battle in February 1941, the Germans soon gained the upper hand & recovered the whole of Cyrenaica, minus Tobruk, in the summer. The campaign swung back & forth across the desert for another year until Rommel finally captured Tobruk in June 1942 & moved eastwards into Egypt. With British fortunes at their lowest ebb, changes in command led to Montgomery launching his offensive at El Alamein the following Nov. This began the advance of the Eighth Army over a thousand miles to Tunisia, resulting in the final round-up of the German and Italian forces in May 1943.

The route was re traced just prior to the recent civil war in Libya & the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt 2011.

Although the campaign in 1940-43 was dominated largely by armour, nevertheless the Allies lost over 250,000 men killed, wounded, missing & captured & the Axis 620,000. Those that never came home lie in cemeteries scattered across the barren landscape of a battlefield that has changed very little.

JEAN PAUL PALLUD, SIZE 12”×8½”, 2.7kg, 592 PAGES, 2,000+ COLOUR & B&W ILLUSTRATIONS

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