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An Army at Dawn
by Rick Atkinson (Author)
In An Army at Dawn,, a comprehensive look at the 1942-1943 Allied invasion of North Africa, author Rick Atkinson posits that the campaign was, along with the battles of Stalingrad and Midway, where the "Axis ... forever lost the initiative" and the "fable of 3rd Reich invincibility was dissolved." Additionally, it forestalled a premature and potentially disastrous cross-channel invasion of France and served as a grueling "testing ground" for an as-yet inexperienced American army. Lastly, by relegating Great Britain to what Atkinson calls the status of "junior partner" in the war effort, North Africa marked the beginning of American geopolitical hegemony. Although his prose is occasionally overwrought, Atkinson's account is a superior one, an agile, well-informed mix of informed strategic overview and intimate battlefield-and-barracks anecdotes. (Tobacco-starved soldiers took to smoking cigarettes made of toilet paper and eucalyptus leaves.) Especially interesting are Atkinson's straightforward accounts of the many "feuds, tiffs and spats" among British and American commanders, politicians, and strategists and his honest assessments of their--and their soldiers'--performance and behavior, for better and for worse. This is an engrossing, extremely accessible account of a grim and too-often overlooked military campaign. --H. O'Billovich -
Hardcover: 704 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.17 x 9.56 x 6.46
Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; ISBN: 0805062882; 1st edition (October 2, )
The Bloody Road to Tunis : Destruction of the Axis Forces in North Aftica : November 1942-May 1943
by David Rolf

Born of the Desert : With the SAS in North Africa (Greenhill Military Paperback)
by Malcolm James
Born of the Desert is a classic account of the early years of the SAS. The Special Air Service was formed in 1941 and quickly earned a reputation for stealth, daring and audacity in the Western Desert campaign. This elite force utilized the endless expanse of the desert to carry out surprise attacks and hit and run raids behind the Afrika Korps' lines, sowing confusion, fear and consternation.

Cassell Military Classics: The Desert Generals
The Desert Generals
by Correlli Barnett
Synopsis: During the desert war of 1940-43 the British Army in North Africa was consistently outnumbered by its enemies, and regularly fought against superior artillery power. And yet, through the tactical skill of its commanders, it managed not only to protect the valuable oil fields desperately needed to power the war in Europe, but eventually to triumph throughout the whole arena. This book gives intimate portraits of the five men who led the British Army through the battles of the Desert Campaign in 1940-43: Sir Richard O'Connor, who won the fantastic victories over Graziani's Italians in 1940; Sir Alec Cunningham, the first commander of the Eighth Army, who as a sick man had to face the crisis in the Crusader battle of November 1941; his successor Sir Neil Ritchie, who personified the characteristics of the Establishment and was beaten in the summer battles of 1942 by the dynamism of German leadership; the Commander-in-Chief of the Eighth Army, Sir Claude Auchinleck, whose great but never officially acknowledged victory in the First Battle of Alamein was rewarded with dismissal; and Field Marshall Montgomery, whose own version of his Desert victories is strongly challenged by the author. The result is a comprehensive account of the Desert Campaign of 1940-43. 
Paperback from Sterling Publishing
The Desert Rats: The 7th Armored Division in World War II
The Desert Rats: The 7th Armored Division in World War II
by G. L. Verney, Maj-Gen Verney
Paperback from Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal
Desert War : The North African Campaign 1940-1943, Comprising Mediterranean Front, a Year of Battle, the End in Africa
by Alan Moorehead
In The Desert War, which includes the complete texts of The Mediterranean Front, A Year of Battle, and The End of Africa, Alan Moorehead recounts with dazzling prose and intimate detail the epic struggle between the Allies and Axis powers in North Africa from 1940 to 1943. Here is the extraordinary story of the "Rats of Tobruk," of Alamein, of Rommel's prized Afrika Korps locked in fierce battle with Montgomery's Eighth Army. Moorehead's Desert War is a masterpiece of reportage ...
Paperback - 656 pages (April )
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0140275142
El Alamein (Wordsworth Military Library)
by Michael Carver

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1887-1976 : A Selected Bibliography (Bibliographies of Battles and Leaders,  No. 23)
Listed under British Army

A Good Clean Fight
Fiction by Derek Robinson

Haile Selassie's War: Haile Selassie, Lion of Judah, Africa's Greatest Military Leader
by Anthony Mockler
Listed under Ethiopia

In Rommel's Backyard : A Memoir of the Long Range Desert Group
by Alastair Timpson, Andrew Gibson-Watt
As the British 8th Army dug in at El Alamein to make a last stand against the Afrika Korps' advance on the Suez Canal, the German forces under Erwin Rommel were bedeviled by an endless series of hit-and-run raids. Instrumental in the British commando effort was the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). Equipped with modified trucks and jeeps, the LRDG carried out its own raids and reconnaissance missions, and moved Special Air Service and Commando units into position for their own attacks. Alaistair Timpson, a captain in the Scots Guards, was commander of 6 (Guards) Patrol of the LRDG. His missions often involved 1,200-mile treks across the desert for attacks and scouting behind German lines. Timpson's original narrative has been brilliantly edited by Andrew Gibson-Watt, who places each LRDG mission in the broader context of the Desert War and gives some insight into the character of the author.
Hardcover - 192 pages
Pen & Sword; ISBN: 0850527147

Inside the Afrika Korps: The Crusader Battles, 1941­1942
by Rainer Kriebel
Listed under Afrika Korps

Hurricanes over Tobruk : The Pivotal Role of the Hurricane in the Battle for Tobruk, Western Desert, January-June 1941
by Brian Cull, Don Minterne (Contributor)

Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945 : Providence Their Guide
by David Lloyd Owen, et al

The Lost Oasis: The Desert War and the Hunt for Zerzura
The Lost Oasis: The Desert War and the Hunt for Zerzura
by Saul Kelly
Hardcover from Westview Press
Morshead : Victor at Tobruk and El Alamein (Australian Army History)
by David Coombes
Hardcover: 272 pages
Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0195513983; (April )

Meeting the Fox: The Allied Invasion of Africa, from Operation Torch to Kasserine Pass to Victory in Tunisia
by Orr Kelly
"Orr Kelly has dramatically brought to life the desert war by masterfully weaving the view of higher headquarters with the pathos of the foxhole. MEETING THE FOX takes the reader on a gripping journey from North Africa's beaches and drop zones, the practically forgotten disaster at Sidi bou Zid, to the final battles in Tunisia. MEETING THE FOX is destined to rank among the best narrative histories on the American experience in North Africa." The Publisher
Hardcover - 400 pages 1 edition (April 12, )
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471414298

Operation Compass 1940 : Wavell's Whirlwind Offensive
(Campaign Series, 73)
by Jon Latimer.
The first battle of the desert war, Operation Compass was originally envisaged as a spoiling attack, combined with a reconnaissance in force to disrupt the Italian forces that had advanced into Egypt in September 1940. Lt Gen. Richard O'Connor launched what amounted to a British 'Blitzkrieg', sweeping 500 miles along the coast of North Africa in less than two months.
Paperback - 96 pages
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 185532967

7th Armoured Division: The Desert Rats
7th Armoured Division: The Desert Rats
by George Forty
Paperback from Ian Allan Pub
Tanks in Camera : The Western Desert 1940-1943 : Archive Photographs from the Tank Museum
by David Fletcher
Hardcover - 192 pages (April )
Sutton Publishing; ISBN: 0750915684
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Tank Combat in North Africa : The Opening Rounds : Operations Sonnenblume, Brevity, Skorpion and Battleaxe February 1941-June 1941 (Schiffer Military)
by Thomas L. Jentz
Hardcover (March )
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 0764302264
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Tobruk 1941 : Rommel's Opening Move (Campaign, 80)
by Jon Latimer; Paperback

The World War II Tommy : British Army Uniforms
European Theatre 1939-45 in Colour Photographs
by Martin Brayley, Richard Ingrams
Listed under British Uniforms

Rommel and the Secret War in North Africa, 1941-1943 : Secret Intelligence in the North African Campaign
Janusz Piekalkiewicz
Book Description: Chronicles the British Secret Inteligence Service (SIS) and the "Ultra" secret, and its effect on the campaign in North Africa during the Second World War. On the German side, Rommel also knew the use of intercepted enemy messages - an awareness that the British were able to gain only much too late and after many sacrifices. The decoding of Rommel's radio messages, which were coded using the "Enigma" cipher machine, provided the British command with unawaited possibilities, which are described for the first time. These behind the scenes activities are depicted here on a day-to-day basis. Before this background, many decisions by the British high command in the Near East in their battle against the "Desert Fox" are now understood for the first time. The fact that many of Rommel's operations described as strokes of genius in military history were only possible thanks to the constant information from his surveillance company, was learned by the British leadership only on July 10, 1942; during the previous night, units of the Australian 9th Division had made a bold move and captured the German Intelligence Long Range Reconnaissance Company 621 at Tel el Eisa. It had been Rommel's ear in the enemy's camp. Its elimination can be regarded as the real turning point in the North African campaign.
Hardcover: 239 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 11.00 x 8.25 
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ; (June 1992)
ISBN: 0887403409
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