A Noble Crusade, The History Of Eight Army 1941-1945

This must be the definitive account of the Eight Army in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. This is a comprehensive history of the Eight Army from its formation in 1941, through to the war end in 1945 . Most Highly Recommended

NAME:  A Noble Crusade, The History Of Eight Army 1941-1945
FILE: R3332
AUTHOR: Richard Doherty
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £16.99                                                
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   World War II, World War 2, Second World War, WWII, North Africa, 
Sicily, Italy, British Army, El Alamein, armoured warfare, Empire and 
Commonwealth, Afrika Korps, Monte Cassino, Lombardy

ISBN: 1-52678-791-1

PAGES: 344, 16 pages of b&w images in a photo-plate section
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DESCRIPTION: This must be the definitive account of the Eight Army in North 
Africa, Sicily, and Italy. This is a comprehensive history of the Eight Army from 
its formation in 1941, through to the war end in 1945 .  Most Highly 
Recommended

There have been many books covering the campaigns in which the Eight Army participated, but this book covers in detail the story from the formation of the 8th Army in Egypt in 1941, through all of its actions as it defeated the Germans and Italians in North Africa, before landing in Sicily and then crossing to Italy for the long hard battle North, to victory in Lombardy.

In North Africa, the 8th Army fought a unique battle, often as much against the desert as the enemy, and in many respects resembling a naval campaign across a sea of sand. The North African campaigns had consisted of a rapid advance followed by a rapid defeat by each side. Rommel was to end with a repeat of the process. Initially he had advanced rapidly to the Egyptian border, threatening the Suez Canal. It seemed that the Germans would triumph, but the 8th Army under Montgomery had got his measure and the strike back at El Alamein forced Rommel into retreat westward. It cannot be said that the 8th Army alone defeated Rommel because the Torch Landings placed him in a pincer, but the 8th Army were instrumental in completing their advance with the seizure of most of the Afrika Korps, few managing to escape to Sicily. This was to mark the ultimately successful partnership with the US troops as the Allies launched their invasion of Sicily and then their invasion of Italy. Unlike the fast advances of North Africa, Italy was to prove a hard slog with a second landing to bypass German defences. During this long hard slog the 8th Army showed itself to be resilient and persistent.

The author does full justice to the outstanding performance of the 8th Army and its significant contribution to defeating Nazi Germany.