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ELITE No 162 WORLD WAR II DESERT TACTICS


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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.
Contents: Lessons of Operation Crusader, Winter 1941 * Lessons of Gazala, Spring 1942 * Lessons of the 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 tank * Colour plates by Adam Hook
  • AUTHOR: Griffith, P
  • FORMAT: 64pp 60 Bw 8 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 24220

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