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Battle of Alamein: first round (July)

The British position in Egypt was at its most perilous during the final days of June, 1942. On the 21st, Rommel had captured Tobruk and driven the British out of Libya. On the 28th, he had outflanked the British defences at Mersa Matrouh. On the 30th, he had arrived...

Battle of Alamein: second round (August-September)

The July battles had finally brought a stop to Rommel’s advance and left him with his forces depleted and his supply lines overstretched. The port of Alexandria was only 100 miles away but beyond his grasp. Tripoli was behind him but further away than Berlin from...

Battle of Alamein: third round (October)

Throughout 1941 and 1942, the North African campaign had been characterised by opposing armies manoeuvring across vast swathes of territory, each trying to outwit the other, more like a naval campaign than a land battle, the aim being to seek out and destroy the enemy...

Preparing for tank warfare

Tanks had been designed to overcome the stalemate of trench warfare and their initial deployment in Flanders had created profound shock and panic – but not victory, and the casualty rates amongst the tank-men had been high. With the end of the war, it was time to...