Operation Compass 1940

Operation Compass 1940

Wavell's whirlwind offensive

Campaign 73
  • Author: Jon Latimer
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: CAM 73
  • Publication Date: 18 Aug 2000
  • Number of Pages: 96
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The first battle of the desert war, Operation Compass 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.

Biographical Note

Jon Latimer is a serving officer with the Royal Welch Fusiliers (TA) and has a number of articles published on military history in British Army Review, Military History and World War II. He has carried out extensive research into the war in the desert. Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He graduated with honours from the Paiers School of Art, Connecticut, in 1978 and has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, completing assignments in a wide variety of fields. Jim has a keen interest in military subjects, both aviation and armour, and is a Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the New York Society of Illustrators and the American Fighter Aces Association.

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

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