THE CONQUEST OF NORTH AFRICA: 1940-1943 by Alexander Clifford


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The first complete military coverage of three years of African campaigning, from the early set-books to the final Tunisian triumph -- as recorded by a British reporter. It amplifies and expands such books as Moorehead's Don't Blame the Generals (Harper), Gallagher's Back Door to Berlin (Doubleday) and MacMillan's Meditarrancan Assignment (also Doubleday), and the accent is on the gradual happenings in the terrain battled for by British and Italian, British and German, Allied and German. This is fresh interpreting of the theatre of war, the actors, actions and scenes, of the early experimental , the sparring, the bluffs on Wavell's part, that sometimes worked beyond hopes, the course of the fighting, the lessons learned, and the features distinguishing the various campaigns. Here is a long distance view of the tangled skein of warfare, of changes in command, of the differences the years brought to the same sections. Clifford was assigned to Headquarters Unit, constantly on the front line. It gives a feel of the continuous flow of three years' activities, on to the home, the victory and the festive madness that followed. There are good portraits of officers and men, of the reporters' life in following the armies, of captured enemy prisoners, of natives and places, of centers of gravity, of the change from oblique fighting to offensive warfare. Here is a piece of good writing, good perspective on the whole area of action that could be read in place of the other three, or as a supplement to any one of them. It would serve also as background for Spring-board to Berlin.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1943
ISBN: 0548144060
Page count: 355pp
Publisher: Little, Brown