Operation Compass 1940

Wavell's whirlwind offensive

Operation Compass 1940 cover

Operation Compass 1940

Wavell's whirlwind offensive

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Osprey's Campaign title for the first battle of the desert war, Operation Compass, which was originally envisaged as a spoiling attack, combined with a reconnaissance in force to disrupt the Italian forces that had advanced into Egypt in September 1940. Lt Gen. Richard O'Connor launched what amounted to a British 'Blitzkrieg'. In less than two months the British forces swept 500 miles along the coast of North Africa. 7th Armoured Division raced across the desert to cut off the retreating Italians, and O'Connor's men destroyed 9 Italian divisions, and took 130,000 prisoners. In March 1941 General Rommel and the Afrikakorps landed at Tripoli.

Table of Contents

Italy enters the War/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/Frontier skirmishes/The Italians invade Egypt/The attack on the camps/Buq Buq/Bardia/Tobruk/Beda Fomm/Aftermath/Chronology/Wargaming Operation Compass/Bibliography

Product details

Published May 10 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781855329676
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 87 b/w; 12 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 73
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Jim Laurier

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