Gazala 1942

Rommel's Greatest Victory

By Ken Ford; John White (Illustrator)
(Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846032646, 96pp.)

Publication Date: May 20, 2008

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Gazala was Rommel's greatest victory in World War II (1939-1945). After a period of stalemate in the desert war, during which both the British Eighth Army and the Afrika Korps had rested and regrouped, he carried out a daring flanking movement around the strong Allied defensive position. The British command could not match Rommel's masterly co-ordination of armor, artillery and infantry, even when encircled in an area that became known as "the Cauldron," and his outstanding generalship and a timely break-through by his Italian troops enabled him to win a clear victory after 16 days of fierce fighting. However, although the strategically important town of Tobruk quickly fell, Gazala was actually a high-water mark and failure to break the British at Alam Halfa two months later was followed by defeat for the over-extended Afrika Korps by the greatly strengthened Eighth Army at El Alamein.
In this important addition to the Campaign series' coverage of the North African desert war, regular contributor Ken Ford vividly portrays the "Desert Fox" at the height of his powers.



About the Author
Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost thirty 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 twenty books on various aspects of World War II including "Campaign 158 El Alamein," Ken now lives in Southampton, UK. The author lives in Southampton, UK.
John White is a commercial illustrator with many years' experience of working with advertising agencies, design firms, publishers and large corporate accounts. He has received awards from The Broadcast Design Association and The National Naval Aviation Museum, and his paintings have appeared in "Aviation Art" magazine, "Aviation History" magazine, and on the History Channel. John White lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

John White is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.
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