Images of War: Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Anthony Tucker-Jones

Images of War: Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign, Anthony Tucker-Jones

Many books on the North African campaign focus on the famous series of battles between Rommel and the British in Libya and Egypt. This is an exception, covering the entire period from the early Anglo-Italian clashes in 1940-41, through those famous battles with Rommel, and on to Operation Torch, the pursuit after El Alamein and the final campaign in Tunisia.

This means that we see some less familiar vehicles, including the Italian tanks of 1940, captured French tanks used after Operation Torch and the early British cruiser tanks as well as the familiar German panzers, British crusaders and American Grants, Lees and Shermans. The vast majority of pictures show armoured fighting vehicles of some sort, although there are also pictures of most of the leading commanders, some other units, and from the famous 'Tiger' convoy that rushed British tanks through the Mediterranean in the face of German and Italian opposition.

The pictures are of a generally good quality. They are supported by accurate captions that fit with the pictures (and that avoid the trap of reusing chunks of the chapter introductions).

1 - Mussolini's Panzers
2 - The Western Desert Force
3 - 'Fox killed in the open' - Beda Fomm
4 - East African Distractions
5 - The Desert Fox Arrives
6 - Churchill's 'Battleaxe'
7 - Crusader - Panzergruppe Afrika Driven Back
8 - Grant and Sherman - The Americans Are Coming!
9 - El Alamein - Rommel Defeated
10 - Kasserine - The Panzer's Last Hurrah
11 - Mareth and Longstop - The Road to Tunis

Author: Anthony Tucker-Jones
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 144
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Year: 2011

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