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The epic battle in Egypt between Britain's 'Desert Rats' and the Axis forces led by Rommel, the 'Desert Fox'. On the night of 23 October 1942 British artillery thundered across the desolate sands of North Africa to herald the greatest Allied offensive of the Second World War. Churchill would describe the crucial and savage days of intense fighting which followed, as 'the end of the beginning'. El Alamein was the battle that defined both the Afrika Corps and the British 8th Army, the legendary 'Desert Rats'. Hitler's fanatic insistence that his forces should not cede ground, caused the destruction of a significant part of Rommel's army. Like Stalingrad, it marks the end of the opening phase of Axis victories and sweeping gains and ushered in the slow but inexorable drive to final Allied triumph. This is the story of El Alamein and the British soldiers who fought in it.
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Glossary Introduction: 'Up the Blue' 1. Prelude 2. 'Compass': June 1940 - March 1941 3. A New Thermopylae: March 1941 - May 1941 4. 'Brevity' & 'Battleaxe': May 1941 - July 1941 5. 'Crusader': August 1941 - January 1942 6. 'Msus Stakes' & 'Gazala Gallop': January 1942- June 1942 7. Mersah Matruh & First El Alamein: June 1942 - August 1942 8. Alam Halfa: August 1942 - September 1942 9. Prelude: September 1942 - October 1942 10. Break-in: 23 October 1942 - 24 October 1942 11. 'Crumbling': 25 October 1942 - 28 October 1942 12. 'Supercharge': 29 October 1942 - 3 November 1942 13. Break-out: 4 November 1942 - 23 January 1943 14: 'Torch' to Tunis: November 1942 - May 1943 Appendix 1: Desert Tactics Appendix 2(a): Orders of Battle Appendix 2(b): Extract From A Tactical Appreciation 27 July 1942 Appendix 3: The Ultra War Appendix 4: The Battlefield Today Notes Acknowledgements Chronology Dramatis Personae Bibliography List of Illustrations Index

About the Author

John Sadler has had a lifelong interest in Scottish military history. He now combines writing with lecturing in History at Newcastle University and working as a battlefield tour guide, living history interpreter, and heritage consultant. He is a keen re-enactor and a long time member of the Sealed Knot Society. He lives in mid-Northumberland.

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