History of War

TIMELINE OF… THE DESERT WAR

Source: Italian Fiat M13/40 tanks advance through the Egyptian desert. These new tanks had arrived in North Africa in October 1940 and had good weapons but poor engines

“OPERATION CRUSADER MARKS ROMMEL’S FIRST DEFEAT IN NORTH AFRICA, BUT THE ALLIED VICTORY IS HARD WON”

September-December 1940

ITALIAN INVASION OF EGYPT

Italian divisions invade Egypt, with the ultimate aim of seizing the Suez Canal from the British. Although the British are heavily outnumbered, the Italians mistakenly leave many troops in camps at Sidi Barrani and fail to

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