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Armoured Warfare in the North African Campaign (Paperback)

Military > Tanks Photographic Books WWII > Battles & Campaigns > North Africa WWII > Photographic Books

By Anthony Tucker-Jones
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781848845671
Published: 2nd November 2011
Last Released: 6th October 2020



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The North African campaign, the struggle of the Italians and Germans against the Allies in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia between 1940 and 1943, was a war of movement and manoeuvre, of dramatic changes of fortune, and it was a war in which mechanized forces excelled. Compared with the heavily populated landscapes of northwest Europe, the empty open spaces of North Africa appeared to be ideal operating terrain for tanks, yet the harsh desert conditions tested men and machinery to the limit, as Anthony Tucker-Jones demonstrates in this remarkable selection of wartime photographs.
The use of armour during the entire course of the campaign is covered, from the initial Italian offensive, the arrival of Rommel’s Panzergruppe Afrika, the battles fought along the North African shore which culminated in El Alamein, then the Allied advance into Tunisia which led to the final defeat of the German and Italian armies. The images give a fascinating inside view of combat, but they also reveal the daily routines of tank warfare 65 years ago, and give a vivid impression of what it was like to fight in and live with the tanks of the day.
After a career in the intelligence community, Anthony Tucker-Jones became a freelance defence consultant and a prolific writer on intelligence, terrorism and military affairs. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, and Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front.

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.

History of War

This book is part of a series that provides a photographic presentation, combined with descriptive text. The quality of the images is generally very good, although in some cases rare photographs have been reproduced where the original has suffered from processing and/or time. This book provides an impressive photographic account of the campaign, supported by solid text, to provide an outstanding image of war.

firetrench Reviews

A recent title in the 'Images of War' series from Pen & Sword Books is this one, another by Anthony Tucker-Jones that follows his previous one in the series on the Eastern Front. Really good photgraphic content, along with what seems to be more text than has been in some of the earlier books in the series. This informative writing accompanies equally well captioned photos. Some of the photos used have been seen before, but the large majority were new to me, and provided an excellent coverage for the North African Campaign.

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About Anthony Tucker-Jones

Anthony Tucker-Jones, a former intelligence officer, is an author and commentator who specialises in military history, with more than 50 books to his name. His work has also been published in an array of magazines and online. He regularly appears on television and radio programmes commenting on current and historical military matters. His books include Armoured Warfare in the North African CampaignThe Battle for the MediterraneanThe Desert Air WarThe Devil’s BridgeHitler’s Winter and Churchill Master and Commander.

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