Synopses & Reviews
This new collection of studies presents fresh insights into a war fought over unusually difficult terrain and with exceptional supply demands.
From the ongoing Italian geomorphic study of the Alamein arena to individual memories of non-combatant Alexandrians, from the Free French to the seasoned colonial forces of Australia, India, New Zealand, and South Africa, and from vital naval engagements and the siege of Malta to the study of Rommel's leadership and the Churchill-Montgomery duo, this book presents the reader with a detailed yet broad reassessment of the complexities of the war in North Africa between 1941 and 1943, its technology, philosophy, military doctrine, strategy, tactics, logistics, and the associated local and international politics.
Writing from the perspectives of some of the many nations whose armies were involved in the conflict, fifteen historians bring to their work the precision of their national historical archival sources in clear and spritely narratives.
A beautifully illustrated collection of historical essays that offer a fresh perspective into the critical years [of El Alamein] Egypt Today
[El Alamein and the Struggle for North Africa] features a nuanced approach to the battle which emphasizes different narratives of all parties, from the colonial armies to the non-combatant natives of Alexandria. Daily News Egypt
About the Author
is professor of history at the American University in Cairo. Her many publications on modern history include Al-Alamein Revisited: The Battle at al-Alamein and its Historical Implications
(AUC Press, 2000), and Historians in Cairo: Essays in Honor of George Scanlon
(AUC Press, 2002).
Table of Contents
Foreword William Roger Louis
Introduction Jill Edwards
1. The War in North Africa, 1940-43: An Overview of the Role of the Union of South Africa James Jacobs
2. Training the Troops: The Indian Army in Egypt, Eritrea, and Libya, 1940-42 Alan Jeffreys
3. "The Part We Played in This Show": Australians and El Alamein Peter Stanley
4. "No Model Campaign": the Second New Zealand Division and the Battle of El Alamein, October-December 1942 Glyn Harper
5. 1942, The Free French in the Battle for North Africa: Military Action and Its Political Presentation Rémy Porte
6. Between History and Geography: The El Alamein Project: Research, Findings, and Results Aldino Bondesan
7. Silent Service: The Royal Navy and the Desert Victory Nick Hewitt
8. Feeding the Fortress: Malta, Summer 1942 Thomas Scheben
9. "The Highest Rule": Rommel as Military Genius Antulio J. Echevarria II
10. High Command in the Desert Niall Barr
11. Alexandrians Tell Their Story: Oral Narratives of the War in North Africa 1940-43 Sahar Hamouda and Mohamed Awad
12. The Battle of El Alamein: Impressions of a Young Schoolboy in Alexandria Harry Tzalas