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The Three Battles of El Alamein (ePub)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Military Photographic eBooks WWII > Battles & Campaigns > El Alamein WWII > Battles & Campaigns > North Africa WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Jon Diamond
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 76.2 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 250 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399072069
Published: 30th November 2022


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The 80th Anniversary of the historic final Battle of El Alamein is the ideal time to study the events leading up to General Bernard Montgomery’s famous victory over Field Marshal Rommel’s Panzerarmee Africa in Autumn 1942.

Four months earlier after the loss of Tobruk , Rommel’s forces were in the ascendancy. Prime Minister Winston Churchill removed General Auchinleck from Command of Eighth Army and appointed Bernard Montgomery in his place. After the successful defence of Alam El Halfa Ridge in late August and early September ended Rommel’s inexorable advance, Montgomery set in train plans for the set piece offensive campaign at El Alamein which took place between 23 October and 4 November 1942.

The stakes could not have been higher. Had Rommel broken through the Allied defences in Summer 1942 or Montgomery’s forces not overwhelmed the German and Italian armies at El Alamein, Egypt and the Suez Canal would have fallen to the Nazis.

Instead, the victory at El Alamein proved to be the turning point of the War against Hitler and led to the victory in North Africa.

The battles fought around El Alamein in 1942 marked a turning point in the war for the British, who after three years of defeat and a few disasters, managed to achieve a decisive victory which ultimately pushed the Axis out of North Africa. This very large entry in the Images of War series provides a solid background to the North African campaign, with two-thirds describing the events leading up to the first battle, the vehicles and equipment used, the key commanders involved, and the life of the ordinary soldier in this uniquely challenging environment. It goes on the describe the inconclusive First Battle of El Alamein which was nevertheless a strategic British victory stopping the advance of the Afrika Korps into Egypt; the Battle of Alam el Halfa which prevented a second attempt at a breakthrough; and finally the British offensive at the Second Battle of El Alamein, a hard and attritional struggle which gradually broke the German line and resulted in their retreat to Tunisia. The many superb photographs in this collection describe all aspects of the campaign, touching on the contribution of the Royal Air Force and the irregular units which emerged from the desert war, including the SAS and Long Range Desert Group, but it is above all a rich tribute to the ordinary infantryman of the 8th Army.

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Pegasus Archive

You can view a plethora of uniform and vehicle details for modeling.

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

An excellent book very worthy of being part of the Images of War series.

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The History Fella

What makes the book worth having are the images. There are over 250 of them, all chosen to represent the salient sections of the book.

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The book is easy to read with amazing images and captions. The way the author lays out his account of the Three Battles of El Alamein allows the reader to follow along in an easy format.


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4 out of 5

Overall this is an attractive and information volume.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Another good addition to the Images of War series and plenty in here for the modeller to enjoy for detail on uniforms, vehicles, weathering and diorama inspiration.

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About Jon Diamond

Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the USA with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits, War in the South Pacific, Invasion of Sicily, Invasion of the Italian Mainland: Salerno to Gustav Line, 1943-1944, Onto Rome 1944; Anzio and Victory at Cassino, Beyond Rome to the Alps; Across the Arno and Gothic Line, 1944-1945, Op Plunder - The Rhine River Crossing, MacArthur’s Papua New Guinea Campaign, Hell in the Central Pacific, Liberation of the Philippines, Burma Victory, The Fall of Malaya and Singapore and The Battle of Okinawa 1945 are all published by Pen and Sword in the Images of War series.

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