The Waving Flag: The Western Desert (WWII)

The Western Desert (WWII)

Barnett, C. (1983). The desert generals. London: Pan.

Barr, N. (2005). Pendulum of war : the three battles of El Alamein. London: Pimlico.

Bates, P. (1992). Dance of war : the story of the battle of Egypt. London: Leo Cooper, Pen & Sword Books Ltd in association with Peter Bates.

Bierman, J. & Smith, C. (2003). Alamein : war without hate. London: Penguin.

Buckingham, W. (2008). Tobruk : the great siege 1941-42. Stroud: Tempus.

Bungay, S. (2003). Alamein. London: Aurum.

Carver, M. (1962). El Alamein. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd.

Carver, M. (2002). Dilemmas of the Desert War : the Libyan Campaign 1940-1942. Staplehurst: Spellmount.

Cifford, A. (1943) Three against Rommel. London: Harrap.

Crisp, R. (2005). Brazen chariots : an account of tank warfare in the Western Desert, November-December 1941. New York: W.W. Norton.

Dimbleby, J. (2014). Destiny in the desert : the road to El Alamein. London: Pegasus.

Doherty, R. (2018). El Alamein 1942 : Turning Point in the Desert. Havertown: Pen and Sword.

Ford, K. & Gerrard, H. (2005). El Alamein 1942 : the turning of the tide. Oxford: Osprey.

Ford, K. & White, J. (2008). Gazala 1942 : Rommel's greatest victory. Oxford: Osprey.

Gilbert, A. (1992). The Imperial War Museum book of the Desert War. London: Sidgwick & Jackson.

Greene, J. & Massignani, A. (1994). Rommel's North Africa campaign : September 1940-November 1942. Conshohocken, PA: Combined Books.

Hamilton, N. (2002). The full Monty: Montgomery of Alamein, 1887-1942. London: Penguin.

Hammond, B. (2012). El Alamein : the battle that turned the tide of the Second World War. Oxford: Osprey.

Harrison, F. (1999). Tobruk : the great siege reassessed. London: Brockhampton Press.

Holland, J. (2005). Together we stand : turning the tide in the West: North Africa 1942-1943. London: HarperCollins.

Jephson, F. & Jephson, C. (2017). The day Rommel was stopped : the Battle of Ruweisat Ridge, 2 July 1942. Oxford: Casemate.

Joly, C. (2019). Take these men: Tank warfare with the desert rats. Pen & Sword Military.

Kriebel, R. & Gudmundsson, B. (2016). Inside the Afrika Korps : the Crusader battles, 1941-1942. Barnsley, S. Yorkshire: Frontline Books, an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd.

Latimer, J. & Chandler, D. (2001). Tobruk 1941 : Rommel's opening move. Oxford: Osprey Military.

Latimer, J. (2000). Operation Compass 1940 : Wavell's whirlwind offensive. Oxford: Osprey Military.

Latimer, J. (2002). Alamein. London: John Murray.

Lucas, J. S. (1977). Panzer Army Africa. Abingdon: Purnell Book Services.

Luck, H. (2002). Panzer commander : the memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck. London: Cassell.

Lyman, R. (2010). The longest siege : Tobruk - the battle that saved North Africa. London: Pan.

Mitcham, S. (1984). Triumphant fox : Erwin Rommel and the rise of the Afrika Korps. New York: Stein and Day.

Mitcham, S. (2007). Rommel's desert war : the life and death of the Afrika Korps. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

Mitchelhill-Green, D. (2016). Tobruk 1942. City: The History Press.

Moorehead, A. (2009). The desert war : the classic trilogy on the north Africa Campaign 1940-43. London: Aurum.

Neillands, R. (2005). The Desert Rats : 7th Armoured Division 1940-45. London: Aurum.

Peniakoff, V. (2002). Popski's private army. London: Cassell.

Pitt, B. (2001). The crucible of war: Wavell's command. London: Cassell.

Pitt, B. (2001). The crucible of war: Auchinleck's command. London: Cassell.

Pitt, B. (2001). The crucible of war: Montgomery and Alamein. London: Cassell.

Stewart, A. (2002). The early battles of Eighth Army: 'Crusader' to the Alamein line 1941-1942. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England: Leo Cooper.

Stewart, A. (2022). Victory in the desert: Montgomery and the Eighth Army 1942-1943. London: Canelo.

Strawson, J. (2023). The Battle for North Africa. London: Canelo.

Urban, M. (2014). The tank war : the men, the machines and the long road to victory. London: Abacus.

Warner, P. (2007). Alamein. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military.

Young, D. (1950). Rommel. London: Collins.

Background Reading

Arnold-Forster, M.  (1974). The world at war. Glasgow: Collins.

Beevor, A. (2012). The Second World War. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Hastings, M. (2011). All hell let loose : the world at war 1939-45. London: HarperPress. 

Keegan, J. (2000). Churchill’s generals. Little Brown (UK).

Taylor, A. J. P. (1991). The origins of the Second World War. London: Penguin Books.

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