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Mediterranean and the Middle East

Following its exclusion from Europe after Dunkirk, the only feasible theatre where Britain could combat Germany on land was in North Africa. Beginning with a series of British defeats inflicted on Italy, the arrival of Rommel's Afrika Korps turned the tide of war, and soon Egypt itself was in danger. Meanwhile Germany had rolled up Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete in a whirlwind campaign in Spring 1941. Only after German resources were sucked into the Russian campaign did the tide of war in the Mediterranean turn again. Malta held out, General Auchinleck held Rommel at Alam Halfa, and his successor Montgomery, massively reinforced, counter-attacked at El Alamein in October 1942 forcing Rommel to retreat. The Anglo-American invasion of French Algeria, 'Operation Torch' in November was a dress-rehearsal for D-Day, and boxed into Tunisia German forces surrendered in 1943. That July Sicily then Italy itself was invaded by the Allies, Mussoliuni's Fascist regime fell, and the end of the war was at last in sight.

Mediterranean and the Middle East



BATTLEGROUND GENERAL: EL ALAMEIN 1942
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BATTLEGROUND GENERAL: EL ALAMEIN 1942
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Battleground General is a series of game books that put you the player in command in some of history's greatest battles. This one recreates the second battle of El Alamein in October 1942, the decisive turning point of the Desert War.

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ROMMEL’S DESERT WARRIORS 1941-42
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ROMMEL’S DESERT WARRIORS 1941-42
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One German formation and one campaign in the Second World War offered a picture of a ‘clean war' fought without the atrocities and hatreds that characterised other fronts: this was the role of the Afrika Korps under the Desert Fox Erwin Rommel. This book records the early years of the Desert War...

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The 1st Household Cavalry 1943-44 
in the Shadow of Monte Amaro
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The 1st Household Cavalry 1943-44 in the Shadow of Monte Amaro
Product Code: 23727

The mettle of the famous First Household Cavalry Regiment was tested to the maximum in action in the mountains of Italy in 1943–44. This book explores a largely undervalued and forgotten part of a costly and complex struggle. We directly experience what it was like to be there through the words o...

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THE WILDEST PROVINCE
SOE IN THE LAND OF THE EAGLE
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THE WILDEST PROVINCE SOE IN THE LAND OF THE EAGLE
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A thorough and well-researched history of the British missions in World War II Albania.

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VOICES FROM THE FRONT: THE SOUTH NOTTS HUSSARS
The Western Desert 1940-1942
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VOICES FROM THE FRONT: THE SOUTH NOTTS HUSSARS The Western Desert 1940-1942
Product Code: 22934

The South Notts Hussars were a TA unit made up of miners, Nottingham clerks and local gentry: a cross section of all classes from provincial England. They saw service during the siege of Tobruk and in the desperate fight for the Gazala Lines where they were ordered to fight to the last round. Thi...

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TARGET ITALY
The Secret War Against Mussolini 1940-1943
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TARGET ITALY The Secret War Against Mussolini 1940-1943
Product Code: 24134

Mussolini's Italy was extremely difficult terrain for SOE, far more difficult than, say France. In Italy agents faced a ruthless secret police and a very efficient SIM, a facist counter-intelligence organisation.This cloak-and-dagger war fought by British secret agents against Mussolini's Italy h...

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DECISIVE CAMPAIGNS OF THE DESERT AIR FORCE 1942-1945
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DECISIVE CAMPAIGNS OF THE DESERT AIR FORCE 1942-1945
Product Code: 25177

A revealing account of the little-known Desert Air Force, or DAF, the force that gave the RAF its descisive advantage in the North African campaign of the Second World War. From Alamein to the expulsion of the Axis from Africa and the Italian campaign that followed, this book follows the DAF t...

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DESPATCHES FROM THE FRONT: THE WAR AT SEA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN 1940-1944
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DESPATCHES FROM THE FRONT: THE WAR AT SEA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN 1940-1944
Product Code: 25198

In this latest volume in the Despatches from the Front series, the Second World War in the Mediterranean is covered. Engagements featured include Cape Matapan; the Battle of Sirte; Calabria; Cape Spartivento; Operation Pedestal and Fleet Air Arm actions.

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BATTLES OF A GUNNER OFFICER
Tunisia, Italy, Normandy and the Long Road to Germany
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BATTLES OF A GUNNER OFFICER Tunisia, Italy, Normandy and the Long Road to Germany
Product Code: 25222

A valuable account of an artillery officer's experiences in the Second World War. Peter Pettit kept a diary throughout the Tunisia, Italy, and Normandy campaigns through to the final surrender of Germany.

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DESERT RATS 1940-1942 DVD
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DESERT RATS 1940-1942 DVD
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This DVD, compiled from primary film sources, illustrates the hard-fought war in the Libyan desert in the Second World War, focussing on the fighting whnch raged around the port fortress of Tobruk.

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