A well-written review of the Desert War by a military educationalist, first published in 1964. This book provides the best available concise account of the Desert War, 1940-1942, and the publisher is to be commended for republishing now – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Britain's Desert War In Egypt & Libya 1940-1942, 'The End Of The Beginning' FILE: R2948 AUTHOR: David Braddock MBE PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 228 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War Two, World War 2, World War II, WWII, Second World War, military aviation, transport aircraft, armour, artillery, North Africa, Mediterranean, desert warfare, ground attack, close support, minefields, natural obstacles
IMAGE: B2948.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y5d6rgh5 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A well-written review of the Desert War by a military educationalist, first published in 1964. This book provides the best available concise account of the Desert War, 1940-1942, and the publisher is to be commended for republishing now – Most Highly Recommended Churchill was right to dub the North African victory 'the end of the beginning'. As with the Soviet victory at Stalingrad, the North African victory was the first point in the war when the Axis Forces were halted and finally defeated. From there, Allied victories started to roll in with increasing frequency as the Italians surrendered and the Germans were forced back onto their own soil for the final victories that would culminate in Unconditional Surrender. The author received his MBE for 40 years of voluntary service supporting educational development in Dorset. Having served in the RAF as an Education Officer, he joined the University of Southampton's Adult Education Department and, before retiring, worked for the British Army, preparing officers for the Staff College entrance examination. The foreword to this new edition of his excellent North African Campaign history is written by a former pupil, General Sir Nick Carter KGB, CBE, DSO, the current Chief of the Defence Staff. The very readable text is supported by many illustrations in the form of battle maps and a photo-plate section. Its an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to understand the reasons and progress of the war in North Africa and its significance within the history of WWII. It flows very nicely through a war that was a series of vehicle chases as the Axis and Allied armies chased each other up and down the coastal strip between Egypt and Algeria. Good generalship was of course very important, but the progress was largely driven by logistics and the effective use of armour, artillery and air power. It was also a war where the opponents managed to retain a level of respect for each other, even to the point of some encounters ending with the two opposing patrols helping each other out with fuel and water. It was in marked contrast to the Eastern Front where the Germans and Soviets fought each other with hatred and animal ferocity, giving and asking no quarter while inflicting terrible hardship on civilians caught up in the advances and retreats.