AXIS FORCES IN NORTH AFRICA 1940-43 PDF

With British forces advancing from Egypt, this would eventually allow the Allies to carry out a pincer operation against Axis forces in North Africa. The Vichy French had around , soldiers in the territories as well as coastal artillery, operational but out-of-date tanks and about aircraft, half of which were Dewoitine D. The French were former members of the Allies and the American troops were instructed not to fire unless they were fired upon. An assessment of the sympathies of the French forces in North Africa was essential, and plans were made to secure their cooperation, rather than resistance.

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However, this latest volume in the popular Warriors series from Concord goes a long way to remedying the situation. Not only are Italian forces covered, but German subjects also receive good exposure too, adding to the value of this book. This volume is unique - it makes a departure from the usual format of Warriors books in that it features a much larger number of color plates. In fact, there are no less than 44 color plates contained between the covers!

This makes "Axis Forces in North Africa " an indispensable reference for modelers and military enthusiasts wanting a comprehensive understanding of Italian and German uniforms in the North African theater.

Each plate is beautifully rendered in full color and sharp detail, with the accompanying text providing a high degree of detail about uniforms and personal equipment on display. Many of these photos will be completely new to readers, and they show off personnel, their uniforms, and weapons to full advantage. Both Italian and German subjects are covered in these photographic sections. The book also begins with a helpful 5-page summary and chronology of the Italian and Panzerarmee Afrika campaign in North Africa.

This book covers a topic that is not well known. The author expertly deals with the subject of Axis Forces in North Africa, ensuring that this book is a veritable treasure trove of information about Italian troops. The sheer amount of color plates only adds to its attractiveness.

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Axis forces in north africa 1940-43

Two days later, no invasion having been launched, Mussolini ordered Marshal Graziani that, the moment German forces launched Operation Sea Lion , he was to attack. The battle plan was to advance along the coastal road, while limited armoured forces operated on the desert flank. Positioned on the desert flank was the 7th Armoured Division , which would strike the flank of the Italian force. Although desperate attempts were made to overcome the British force at the Battle of Beda Fomm , the Italians were unable to break through, and the remnants of the retreating army surrendered. Thus, over the course of 10 weeks Allied forces had destroyed the Italian Tenth Army and reached El Agheila, taking , prisoners of war in the process. This relatively small expeditionary force, termed the Afrika Korps by Hitler, was placed under the command of Erwin Rommel.

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However, this latest volume in the popular Warriors series from Concord goes a long way to remedying the situation. Not only are Italian forces covered, but German subjects also receive good exposure too, adding to the value of this book. This volume is unique - it makes a departure from the usual format of Warriors books in that it features a much larger number of color plates. In fact, there are no less than 44 color plates contained between the covers! This makes "Axis Forces in North Africa " an indispensable reference for modelers and military enthusiasts wanting a comprehensive understanding of Italian and German uniforms in the North African theater. Each plate is beautifully rendered in full color and sharp detail, with the accompanying text providing a high degree of detail about uniforms and personal equipment on display.

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