Desert War

The Battle of Sidi Rezegh Peter Cox. and a half armoured divisions and one brigade of infantry tanks'.12 The Germans had 244 tanks, mainly 139 MkIII and 35 MkIV Panzers, together with 70 light MkII Panzers, and the Ariete Italian ...

Desert War

Desert War

Sir Geoffrey Cox described Sidi Rezegh, fought during Operation Crusader in Libya over November and December 1941, as ‘the forgotten battle of the Desert War’. The objective of Crusader was to retake Cyrenaica, the eastern region of Libya, and ultimately drive the Italians and Germans out of North Africa. The campaign also involved British and South African troops, and did achieve the badly needed relief of Tobruk. Despite the New Zealand Division’s major role, and the importance of this campaign in achieving British victory in North Africa, it has largely been neglected by historians, failing to receive as much attention as Crete, El Alamein or Cassino. Yet more New Zealand soldiers were killed or taken prisoner during Crusader than in any other campaign fought by ‘the Div’ during the war. Peter Cox, whose father fought at Sidi Rezegh, draws on his experience of twice visiting the battlefield to tell the story of this complex and costly campaign. He sets the scene for the fighting in Libya, describes the unforgiving and inhospitable desert landscape, follows the stages of the action itself and recounts the often moving and heroic stories of the New Zealanders who fought there. Many never returned home. This is both a very accessible account of a significant New Zealand contribution to World War II and a tribute to the thousands of men who took part in this punishing battle.

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Operation Crusader and the Desert War in British History and Memory
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Alexander Joffe
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-03 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: James Barr
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-02-17 - Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Greed and intrigue combine explosively in this gripping tale of how the mercurial Lawrence of Arabia changed the Middle East forever. It was T. E. Lawrence’s classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom that made the Arab Revolt a legend and helped turn the British intelligence officer into the mythical “Lawrence of
War in the Desert
Language: en
Pages: 284
Authors: James Lucas
Categories: El Alamein, Battle of, Egypt, 1942
Type: BOOK - Published: 1982 - Publisher:

På grundlag af korrespondance, interviews m.m. med ørknkrigens deltagere på begge sider beretter forf., hvorledes kampene oplevedes af soldaterne - infanterister, artillerister, pionerer og kampvognsbesætninger.
Destiny in the Desert
Language: en
Pages: 531
Authors: Jonathan Dimbleby
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-10-15 - Publisher: Profile Books

It was the British victory at the Battle of El Alamein in November 1942 that inspired one of Winston Churchill's most famous aphorisms: 'This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning'. And yet the significance
War in the Desert
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Raoul Aglion
Categories: Deserts
Type: BOOK - Published: 1941 - Publisher:

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