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The Western Desert Campaign, 1940-41

Desert Campaign 1940-41

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Authors: Glenn Wahlert

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While the North African campaign has been studied in detail over the years, much of this study has been dedicated to the battles between the British 8th Army and Rommel’s Afrika Korps. There has been little serious study of Wavell’s campaign against Italian forces in 1940-41, nor of the role played by the Australian 6th Division in the eventual Italian defeat. Many Italian units showed incredible bravery, and the Australian assaults on fortress towns such as Bardia were far from a walkover.

Today’s aspiring military commanders need look no further than the early Western Desert campaign for historical examples of brilliant leadership, detailed planning, deception, surprise, manoeuvre warfare and relentless pursuit, all against overwhelming odds.

This book is part of the Australian Army History Unit’s Campaigns Series; well-researched, comprehensive and easy-to-read books on Australia’s military campaigns.

Glenn Wahlert

Glenn Wahlert

Glenn Wahlert was born in Melbourne in 1956. He is a graduate of the Officer Cadet School Portsea, Army Command & Staff College, Deakin University and the University of NSW. After 20 years of service in the regular Army he transferred to the Army Reserve where he is currently a member of the Army History […]

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3 reviews for The Western Desert Campaign, 1940-41

  1. One in the ongoing series, this book outlines and informs the reader of both sides of this battle on Crete

  2. The Western Desert Campaign is a good summary of the early activity of the Australians and British vs. the Italians in North Africa before the Germans shows up. There is quite a bit of repetition (I think Matildas being named the Queen of the Battlefield is mentioned 4 times). Great information on the equipment and biographies of the major personalities.

  3. very good book and show how the campain took place and they insight in to the wepons used and how they changed

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