Desert Armour

Tank Warfare in North Africa: Beda Fomm to Operation Crusader, 1940–41

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Desert Armour

Tank Warfare in North Africa: Beda Fomm to Operation Crusader, 1940–41

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Description

Robert Forczyk covers the development of armoured warfare in North Africa from the earliest Anglo-Italian engagements in 1940 to the British victory over the German Afrikakorps in Operation Crusader in 1941.

The war in the North African desert was pure mechanized warfare, and in many respects the most technologically advanced theatre of World War II. It was also the only theatre where for three years British and Commonwealth, and later US, troops were in constant contact with Axis forces.

World War II best-selling author Robert Forczyk explores the first half of the history of the campaign, from the initial Italian offensive and the arrival of Rommel's Panzergruppe Afrika to the British Operation Crusader offensive that led to the relief of Tobruk. He examines the armoured forces, equipment, doctrine, training, logistics and operations employed by both Allied and Axis forces throughout the period, focusing especially on the brigade and regimental level of operations.

Fully illustrated throughout with photographs, profile artwork and maps, and featuring tactical-level vignettes and appendices analysing tank data, tank deliveries in-theatre and orders of battle, this book goes back to the sources to provide a new study of armoured warfare in the desert.

Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction
Strategic setting
Terrain & weather factors
Chapter 1: Pre-War Doctrinal and Technological Influences
Britain Loses its lead in Armoured Warfare
Germany assembles a combined arms team
The U. S. Army's delayed mechanization
Italy's Mechanized façade
Doctrinal summary and comparison
Chapter 2: The Opposing Armoured Forces in 1940–41
Italian armoured forces in Libya
Britain's armoured forces in the Mideast
German armoured forces
Chapter 3: The Dynamic of Armoured Operations in 1940–41
Border Skirmishes, June-August 1940
Disaster in Egypt, September - December 1940
The Road to Beda Fomm, December 1940 – February 1941
Interlude, February 1941
Rommel's First Offensive, March-April 1941
Stalemate, May 1941
Operation Battleaxe, June 1941
Panzergruppe Afrika and Eighth Army, August-September 1941
Operation Crusader, First Phase, 18-26 November 1941
Operation Crusader, Conclusions, December 1941
In Retrospect
Glossary
Rank Table
Appendices
Bibliography
End notes

Product details

Published 16 Feb 2023
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 336
ISBN 9781472851888
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 200 photos and artworks, as well as 15 full-colour maps.
Dimensions 242 x 190 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Robert Forczyk

Robert Forczyk has a PhD in International Relation…

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