Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941–1943

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-21
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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At the height of his power in January 1941 Hitler made the fateful decision to send troops to North Africa to save the beleaguered Italian army from defeat. Martin Kitchen's masterful new history of the Axis campaign provides a fundamental reassessment of the key battles of 19411943, Rommel's generalship, and the campaign's place within the broader strategic context of the war. He shows that the British were initially helpless against the operational brilliance of Rommel's Panzer divisions. However Rommel's initial successes and refusal to follow orders committed the Axis to a campaign well beyond their means. Without the reinforcements or supplies he needed to deliver a knockout blow, Rommel was forced onto the defensive and Hitler's Mediterranean strategy began to unravel. The result was the loss of an entire army which together with defeat at Stalingrad signalled a decisive shift in the course of the war.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
List of mapsp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Nazi Germany and Fascist Italyp. 14
Germany intervenes in North Africap. 40
Tobruk: the first roundp. 72
Counterattackp. 107
Withdrawalp. 141
On the offensive againp. 181
Tobrukp. 216
El Alamein: the first roundp. 256
El Alamein: defeatp. 309
Torchp. 353
The retreat from Mersa el Bregap. 380
Tunisgradp. 422
Notesp. 459
Bibliographyp. 535
Indexp. 590
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