Operation Crusader 1941

Rommel in Retreat

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Operation Crusader 1941

Rommel in Retreat

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Following a lull in the desert war which saw the Germans and British reinforce their armies, Rommel suddenly attacked British fortifications with an assault on the northern sector of the British line near Gazala. Pinning down the British in the north and outflanking the 1st Free French Brigade, Rommel succeeded in encircling the main British positions, trapping them in what became known as 'The Cauldron'. With thousands of British soldiers killed or taken prisoner, this was a devastating defeat for the Allies.

Accompanied by contemporary photographs and maps depicting the movement of both armies, Ken Ford provides a masterful study of Rommel, the 'Desert Fox', at the height of his powers during World War II (1939-1945), as he swept the British army back to the site of their final stand at El Alamein.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Orders of battle/Opposing plans/Operation Crusader/Aftermath/The battlefield today/Further reading/Index

Product details

Published Jun 22 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846035005
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 58 b/w; 18 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 220
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Ken Ford


John White

John White was born in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, i…


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