The Battle of El Alamein is well established as a pivotal moment of the Second World War. Following the wildly fluctuating fortunes of the opposing sides, there was a real risk that Rommel’s Afrika Korps and his Italian allies would break through and seize Cairo with catastrophic strategic and political implications for the Allies. That this never happened is, of course, well known but, as this highly readable yet authoritative work reveals, there were moments of extreme peril and anxiety.
Churchill’s bold, nay desperate, decisions concerning key appointments, Montgomery’s stubborn refusal to be rushed, Rommel’s chronic logistic problems and critical air superiority are all examined in expert detail. The author’s description of the actual fighting is brought to life by personal accounts as well as his complete grasp of the plan and tactics involved.
EL ALAMEIN 1942 Turning Point in the Desert
This is a fresh and riveting, account of the iconic battle that took place near the Egyptian railway halt of El Alamein. The Allied victory was the beginning of the end of the Western Desert Campaign,eliminating the Axis threat to Egypt, the Suez Canal and the Middle Eastern and Persian oil fields.