Operation Crusader 1941

Operation Crusader 1941

Rommel in Retreat

Campaign 220
  • Author: Ken Ford
  • Illustrator: John White
  • Short code: CAM 220
  • Publication Date: 20 Jun 2010
  • ISBN: 9781846035005
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

On 18 November 1941, the British launched Operation Crusader against the Axis positions in Africa. The plan was to bring the armour of the German Afrika Korps to battle and to beat it in open warfare with the now superior strength of Eighth Army, and to relieve the isolated British garrison at Tobruk. Initially meeting with disaster, the British redoubled their efforts, fought through to Tobruk, and pushed back Rommel's Afrika Korps. Written by popular Osprey author, Ken Ford, Operation Crusader tells the story of the British victory that demonstrated their ability to fight head-to-head against the Germans in Africa.

Biographical Note

Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost thirty years in the telecommunications industry before a change in career led him to become a full time military historian. He is the author of over twenty books on various aspects of World War II. Ken now lives in Southampton.


Origins of the campaign
Opposing commanders
Opposing armies
Orders of battle
Opposing plans
Operation Crusader
The battlefield today
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