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The Crucible of War: Western Desert 1941 - Barrie Pitt

Jonathan Cape, 1980, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled.

Illustrated with B&W photographs and maps. From the cover: “Shortly before midnight on June 11th, 1940, six troops of the 11th Hussars drove their Rolls-Royce armoured cars through gaps in the wire fence marking the border between Egypt and Tripolitania, and ambushed a small convoy of lorries crammed with bewildered Italian frontier troops whom nobody had bothered to inform of Mussolini’s declaration of war on Britain, made 24 hours before from the balcony of the Palazzo Venezia. Thus began the Desert War — the land campaign that meant more to the British people than any other between 1939 and 1945, and probably as much as the Battle of Britain in the air. It was to last for three years and secure for the allies the vital Middle East oil supplies without which they would have lost the war against the dictators.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 506
ISBN: 0224017713