Disaster in the Desert (Hardback)
An Alternate History of El Alamein and Rommel's North Africa Campaign
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.
This is an interesting book, and these scenarios have probably been run in many officer training academies. This is the first time we the general public have been asked to think through those various scenarios. What it does make clear, it does not matter how good your men are, your equipment is, if you cannot keep them resupplied then everything is going to end painfully.GoodReads, Paul Diggett
An excellent book that certainly gets you thinking and looking at the maps once again seeing the what ifs and trying to apply them. All I can say is thank God for Malta.
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