World War II Desert Tactics

World War II Desert Tactics

Elite 162
  • Author: Paddy Griffith
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: ELI 162
  • Publication Date: 2 Apr 2008
  • Number of Pages: 64
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From 1940 to 1943 North Africa saw the first major desert campaign by modern mechanised armies. The British, Italians, German Afrika Korps and US Army all addressed and learned from the special problems human, logistical, mechanical and tactical of the desert environment, most significantly fighting in a terrain empty of resources and offering little chance of concealment. Paddy Griffith traces the fast-learned development in armour, artillery and infantry tactics in this exceptional arena and illustrates them with references to the major engagements in the North African theatre, which involved some of the greatest tacticians of World War II in one of the pivotal theatres.

Biographical Note

Paddy Griffith is a freelance military historian based in Manchester. His groundbreaking books on low-level tactics include Forward Into Battle (1981 and 1990), Battle Tactics of the Civil War (1986) and Battle Tactics of the Western Front (1994). He has also written extensively on wargames, and is currently active in the South Manchester Tactical Society and in the Battlefields Trust. Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his work as an illustrator in 1983. He specializes in detailed historical reconstructions, and has illustrated Osprey titles on the Aztecs, the Greeks, several 19th century American subjects, and a number of books in the Fortress series. His work features in exhibitions and publications throughout the world.

Contents

INTRODUCTION LESSONS OF OPERATION 'CRUSADER', WINTER 1941
2 LESSONS OF GAZALA, SPRING 1942 LESSONS OF FIRST ALAMEIN: successes of British artillery, minefields and infantry night attacks - failure of German high-risk tank tactics MONTGOMERY: successes of Alam el Halfa and Second Alamein - new equipment and strength TUNISIA: ARRIVAL OF US ARMY: early failures, tactical lessons and later successes - failure of German Tiger tanks

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