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    Anthony Tucker-Jones(Author)

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The North African campaign, the struggle of the Italians and Germans against the Allies in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia between 1940 and 1943, was a war of movement and manoeuvre, of dramatic changes of fortune, and it was a war in which mechanized forces excelled. Compared with the heavily populated landscapes of northwest Europe, the empty open spaces of North Africa appeared to be ideal operating terrain for tanks, yet the harsh desert conditions tested men and machinery to the limit, as Anthony Tucker-Jones demonstrates in this remarkable selection of wartime photographs.The use of armour during the entire course of the campaign is covered, from the initial Italian offensive, the arrival of Rommel's Panzergruppe Afrika, the battles fought along the North African shore which culminated in El Alamein, then the Allied advance into Tunisia which led to the final defeat of the German and Italian armies. The images give a fascinating inside view of combat, but they also reveal the daily routines of tank warfare 65 years ago, and give a vivid impression of what it was like to fight in and live with the tanks of the day.After a career in the intelligence community, Anthony Tucker-Jones became a freelance defence consultant and a prolific writer on intelligence, terrorism and military affairs. His most recent books are Hitler's Great Panzer Heist, Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Stalin's Revenge: Operation Bagration and the Annihilation of Army Group Centre, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, and Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front.
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  • By james seeley on 30 June 2012

    I agree with Andy that the text is awful--both poorly written and prone to inaccuracy.Having checked several recent books in this series and by these authors I think I see a pattern, which I find offputting and also annoying. The authors shove in a clutch of photos from any source, without thought for quality, relevance, or avoiding repetition.They (or Pen & Sword) get the thing into print without putting in the research or editing. And the result is superficially quite glossy but on proper study turns out to be superficial.Pen & Sword have let standards drop with books of this type, produced by authors who seem not to be proper research historians, or military veterans, or specialised enthusiasts--or anything else that would make one take them seriously!

  • By Andy Stuart on 26 June 2012

    This book turned out to be a disappointment. Many of the photographs are only vaguely relevant - two pictures of Winston Churchill (in London), photographs of infantry with bayonets, photographs of British and French tanks in France in 1940. There were not enough photographs that fit the book's title. It appears that the author set out to write a general history of the North African campaign but without the space to do the subject justice. Perhaps the author did not have access to enough photographs to cover the subject properly?

  • By Andy Watkins on 23 February 2012

    I saw a number of reviews of other books in this series saying the text was awful.Well this is the 1st book in the series I have read and on the strength of it I have ordered several more.The text is perfectly ok, I did not notice any inaccuraccies, it is very much focussed on tanks and tank battles which is what you would expect in a book of this type.The pictures are pretty good, yes they are only black and white and I would say of average quality, though the subject matter is usually very good.Overall if you are looking for a light book on armoured warfare in the desert with lots of pics of tanks then this is a very good choice.If others do know of other books that are relatively light and include lots of descent pictures please say so as I would be interested in buying them.Andy


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