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Disaster in the Desert (Hardback)

An Alternate History of El Alamein and Rommel's North Africa Campaign

WWII Greenhill Books North Africa in WWII El Alamein

By Ken Delve
Greenhill Books
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781784383862
Published: 31st July 2019

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Summer 1942 and the war in the Middle East is in the balance; Rommel’s Axis forces are poised on the borders of Egypt and all that is needed is one last push. For that to succeed, Rommel needs supplies and for the Allies to be denied supplies. With Malta still active and disrupting the Axis shipping routes across the Mediterranean he is denied those supplies. Meanwhile, the Allied build-up continues, and Montgomery holds at El Alamein and then counter attacks. Rommel is pushed back and then, in a double blow, the Allies land in Tunisia. The collapse of North Africa leads to the invasion of Italy and contributes to the final Axis defeat.

But what if Rommel had won?

In this alternate history, Ken Delve proposes that with a few strategic changes by the Axis powers and poor decision by Allied Commanders, the outcome of could have been very different. In this scenario, the Allied invasion in Tunisia fails, Rommel defeats Montgomery and seizes Egypt, leaving the Germans well-placed to sweep up through the Middle East, capturing oil installations and joining up with German forces in Russia.

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About Ken Delve

Ken Delve was an RAF Tornado bomber pilot during his service career and is now considered to be one of the worlds leading experts on the history of military aviation. He has written countless specialized articles for leading aviation magazines and has authored more than sixteen books including The Short Sunderland, D-Day The Air Battle, Avro Lancaster, The Mustang Story, RAF Bomber Command and A Source Book of the RAF

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