Operation Crusader 1941: Rommel in Retreat

Overview

Following a lull in the desert war which saw the Germans and British reinforce their armies, Rommel suddenly attacked British fortifications with an assault on the northern sector of the British line near Gazala. Pinning down the British in the north and outflanking the 1st Free French Brigade, Rommel succeeded in encircling the main British positions, trapping them in what became known as 'The Cauldron'. With thousands of British soldiers killed or taken prisoner, this was a ...
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Overview

Following a lull in the desert war which saw the Germans and British reinforce their armies, Rommel suddenly attacked British fortifications with an assault on the northern sector of the British line near Gazala. Pinning down the British in the north and outflanking the 1st Free French Brigade, Rommel succeeded in encircling the main British positions, trapping them in what became known as 'The Cauldron'. With thousands of British soldiers killed or taken prisoner, this was a devastating defeat for the Allies.

Accompanied by contemporary photographs and maps depicting the movement of both armies, Ken Ford provides a masterful study of Rommel, the 'Desert Fox', at the height of his powers during World War II (1939-1945), as he swept the British army back to the site of their final stand at El Alamein.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846035005
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 893,307
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Ford trained as an engineer and spent almost 30 years in the telecommunications industry before a change in career led him to become a full-time military historian. He is the author of over 20 books on various aspects of World War II, including Campaign 158: El Alamein 1942. Ken now lives in Southampton, UK. The author lives in Southampton, UK.
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Table of Contents

Origins of the Battle 5

Chronology 9

Opposing Commanders 12

British commanders

Axis commanders

Opposing Armies 18

British forces

Axis forces

Order of battle

Opposing Plans 25

British plans

Axis plans

Operation Crusader 33

The British attack

The clash of armour

Rommel drives east

The infantry battle

Rommel in retreat

Aftermath 90

The Battlefield Today 93

Further Reading and Bibliography 94

Index 95

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