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The scope of Britain's wartime Middle East Command stretched far beyond
the Libyan desert where the Eighth Army's most famous battles were fought - from
Gibraltar and Tunisia in the west, to Iraq and Persia in the east, and from
Greece south to the Gulf of Aden. In 1940-1943 this was the only arena where the
British Army could take the ground war to the German Wehrmacht; it saw a
succession of setbacks and triumphs, until spring 1945 found the Eighth Army
victorious in northern Italy. A summary of these campaigns is illustrated by
photographs, and detailed colour plates of the wide range of uniforms worn in
the varied conditions of this huge theatre of war. Contents: Organisation of the
British Army in Egypt, 1939-1940 * Development and reinforcement of Eighth
Army in North Africa, 1941-1942 * First Army, 1942-1943 * Campaign
summary * Pre-war tropical uniforms * Development, 1940-1944 *
Insignia practice * Foreign-made uniforms: Empire, Commonwealth and US *
Colour plates by Mike Chappell.
  • AUTHOR: Brayley, M
  • FORMAT: 48pp 40 Bw 8 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 14557

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