El Alamein 1942

Materialschlacht in Nordafrika
Author: Alexander Querengässer
Publisher: Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh
ISBN: 365778912X
Category: History
Page: 266
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Die Schlacht bei El Alamein im Herbst 1942 beendete den Siegesmarsch des "Wüstenfuchses" Erwin Rommel und damit jede Hoffnung der Achsenmächte, in den Besitz des Suezkanals zu gelangen. Den englischen Kriegsbemühungen hatte so ein entscheidender Schlag versetzt werden sollen. Während das populäre Bild des Wüstenkrieges bis heute von der Vorstellung blitzartiger Vorstöße deutscher Panzer geprägt ist, handelte es sich bei El Alamein jedoch eher um eine Material- und Abnutzungsschlacht. Die Achsenmächte waren von Beginn an unterlegen. Alexander Querengässer korrigiert in seinem Buch manche verbreiteten Vorstellungen vom Krieg in Nordafrika. Hatten die Deutschen bis dahin ihren Gegnern eine bewegliche Kriegsführung aufzwingen können, so war es der britischen 8. Armee bei El Alamein gelungen, Rommels Vormarsch zum Stehen zu bringen, die Front zu festigen und später mit großer materieller Überlegenheit einen Gegenschlag zu führen. Alexander Querengässer betrachtet die gemeinhin als Erste und Zweite Schlacht von El Alamein bezeichneten Ereignisse in ihrem Zusammenhang. Er beleuchtet die Bedingungen und konkreten Umstände der Auseinandersetzung im Rahmen der Kriegslage und zeigt die operationsgeschichtlichen Besonderheiten auf. Aber auch die unmittelbaren Konsequenzen für den Kriegsverlauf kommen zur Sprache. Ein eigenes Kapitel ist dem Fortleben der Schlacht in den Erinnerungskulturen der ehemaligen Kriegsgegner gewidmet.

Alamein

Great Battles
Author: Simon Ball
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191504637
Category: History
Page: 256
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El Alamein was one of the pivotal battles of the Second World War, fought by armies and air forces on the cutting edge of military technology. Yet Alamein has always had a patchy reputation - with many commentators willing to knock its importance. This book explains just why El Alamein is such a controversial battle. Based on an intensive reading of the contemporary sources, in particular the extensive and recently declassified British bugging of Axis prisoners of war, military historian Simon Ball turns Alamein on its head, explaining it as a cultural defeat for Britain. Alamein is a military history of the battle - showing how different it looks stripped of later cultural excrescences. But it also shows how 'Alamein culture' saturated the post-war world, when archival sources mingled with film, novels, magazines, popular histories, and the rest of Alamein's footprint. Whether you are interested in the battle itself or its cultural afterlife, if you have an opinion about Alamein, you'll question it after reading this book.

Alamein


Author: Jon Latimer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674010161
Category: History
Page: 400
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In this compelling account of the decisive World War II battle El Alamein, Latimer brings to life the harsh desert conflict in North Africa. This is the story of two of the most intriguing commanders of the war. Illustrations. Maps.

Ten Years to Alamein


Author: Matthew Henry Haltom
Publisher: S.J. Reginald
ISBN: N.A
Category: El Alamein, Battle of, Egypt, 1942
Page: 220
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Alamein

War Without Hate
Author: Colin Smith,John Bierman
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241962722
Category: History
Page: 512
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'Excellent ... a remarkable achievement and ought to be recognised as one of the most successful histories of the Western Desert and North African fighting yet to have appeared' John Keegan, Daily Telegraph For the British, the battle fought at El Alamein in October 1942 became the turning point of the Second World War. In this study of the desert war, John Bierman and Colin Smith show why it is remembered by its survivors as a 'war without hate'. Through extensive research the authors provide a compellingly fresh perspective on the see-saw campaign in which the two sides chased each other back and forth across the unforgiving North African landscape.

El Alamein


Author: Michael Carver
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 9781840222203
Category: History
Page: 200
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In early 1942, the Axis powers dominated the Allied forces. Tobruk fell to Rommell in June and the Allies prepared to retreat to the Suez Canal. Disaster seemed immininent. But then began the battles that turned the tide against the Germans, the battles at El Almein. This text tells the story.

The Battle of El Alamein

Fortress in the Sand
Author: Fred Majdalany
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812218503
Category: History
Page: 176
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On the night of October 23, 1942, nearly a thousand guns from British batteries opened fire on the German positions just west of the small Egyptian railway depot of El Alamein. Over the next few weeks, infantry and armored divisions from Britain and the Commonwealth reversed the forward progress of Germany's Afrika Korps. Fought under harsh conditions, where men and tanks were challenged by both dense minefields and the desert landscape, the Battle of El Alamein marked the turning point in the war against Hitler's Germany. Directed by the newly appointed General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery, the British forces ultimately pushed the legendary Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his troops back into Tunisia to their final defeat in mid-1943. Fred Majdalany's acclaimed account puts the battle into context and perspective, explaining in engaging prose both the significance of the victory for the British war effort and the complexities of a wide-open desert battle that pitched tanks, aircraft, and men against each other. The Battle of El Alamein is among the most significant battles of the twentieth century and involves two of the finest tacticians of World War II; understanding its logistics and strategy is of paramount importance for the student of military history.

Alamein


Author: Stephen Bungay
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 1781311609
Category: History
Page: 288
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DIV El Alamein was the World War II land battle Britain had to win. By the summer of 1942 Rommel's German forces were threatening to sweep through the Western Desert and drive on to the Suez Canal, and Britain was in urgent need of military victory. Then, in October, after 12 days of attritional tank battle and artillery bombardment, Montgomery's Eighth Army, with Australians and New Zealanders playing crucial roles in a genuinely international Allied fighting force, broke through the German and Italian lines at El Alamein. It was a turning-point in the war after which, in Churchill's words, "we never had a defeat". Stephen Bungay's book is as much at home analysing the crucial logistics of keeping desert armies supplied with petrol and tank parts as it is reappraising the combat strategies of Montgomery and Rommel, and ranges widely from the domestic political pressures on Churchill to the aerial siege of Malta, key to the control of the Mediterranean. And in a chapter on "The Soldier's War", Bungay graphically evokes the phantasmagoric blur of thunderous cannonade and tormenting heat that was the lot of the individual men who actually fought and died in the desert. /div

Alamein

The Turning Point of World War Two
Author: Iain Gale
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007278691
Category: El Alamein, Battle of, Egypt, 1942
Page: 388
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The superb novelist of men at war moves into the twentieth century and World War Two, telling the story of the eleven days in the sands of North Africa that would change history forever

Alamein to Zem Zem [Illustrated Edition]


Author: Keith Douglas
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1786257513
Category: History
Page: 312
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Includes the War in North Africa Illustration Pack – 112 photos/illustrations and 21 maps. Few records of war are a lucid, vivid and sensitively written as Keith Douglas’ “Alamein to Zem Zem”. The author himself was a man of great poetic gifts who had established himself as a leading light in the Oxford literary circles, tutored by no less a person than First World War veteran and acclaimed poet Edmund Blunden. A talent that did not outlast the war, killed in action in Normandy 1944, but his lasting legacy is contained in this exceptional book. Within days of the declaration of the Second World War Douglas had volunteered, chaffing at the bit to get at the Germans. Having passed out of the officer training course at Sandhurst, he was sent to the Middle East in 1941 to join his comrades in the Sherwood Foresters Yeomanry (a tank unit). He was disappointed to be given a staff appointment away from the fighting line; and during the Battle of El Alamein, he snapped and as he put it; “The battle of Alamein began on the 23rd of October, 1942. Six days afterwards I set out in direct disobedience of orders to rejoin my regiment. My batman was delighted with this manoeuvre. ‘I like you, sir,’ he said. ‘You’re shit or bust, you are.’ This praise gratified me a lot.” ...and so began his odyssey began from the Alamein line to victory at Zem Zem. Critically acclaimed at the time of publication, and now widely regarded as a military classic. “one of the very best prose accounts of fighting the last war.”—Philip Toynbee, The Observer.

El Alamein

The Story of the Battle in the Words of the Soldiers
Author: John Sadler
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445609657
Category: History
Page: 336
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The epic battle in Egypt between Britain's 'Desert Rats' and the Axis forces led by Rommel, the 'Desert Fox'.

Great Battles: The Battle of Alamein

North Africa 1942
Author: Colin Smith,John Bierman
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241962404
Category: History
Page: 64
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Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written to be read over a long commute or a short journey, they are original and exclusively in digital form. In this Special, Colin Smith and John Bierman make the battle of Alamein come alive. A turning point in the Second World War, the battle of El Alamein was the culmination of a military campaign like no other. Fought across desolate arid terrain, the brutal fighting was matched by a camaraderie and respect between enemies as witnessed in no other theatre of war. Combining gritty personal testimonies with thorough journalistic investigation, John Bierman and Colin Smith present a compelling account of a ferocious but compassionate battle and a journey through the unforgiving North African landscape.

The Phantom Army of Alamein


Author: Rick Stroud
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408831287
Category: El Alamein, Battle of, Egypt, 1942
Page: 288
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Camouflage was one of the most surprising elements of the Battle of Alamein - the story is now told in full for the first time.

Despatch submitted by Field Marshal the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein


Author: Bernard Law Montgomery
Publisher: Рипол Классик
ISBN: 5872319533
Category: History
Page: N.A
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Despatch submitted by Field Marshal the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. To the Secretary of State for War, describing the part played by 21st Army Group, and the armies under his command from D day to VE day.

The architectural decoration of Marina el-Alamein


Author: Rafał Czerner
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd
ISBN: 9781407304229
Category: Architecture
Page: 132
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The present study focuses on the ancient architectural decoration of a particular form uncovered on the excavation site of modern Marina which lies on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, about 6 km east of el-Alamein. Also known as el-Bahrein, it is located 96 km west of Alexandria, 40 km west of ancient Taposiris Magna (Abu Sir), and 185 km east of Paraetonium (Marsa Matruh). For the past twenty years, Polish and Egyptian missions have been conducting archaeological research and preservation of the remains of the Hellenistic-Roman town and necropolis found on this spot and tentatively identified on the basis of descriptions of ancient destruction on the Mediterranean coast. The excavations occupy a section of the lagoon coast more than 1000 m long E-W and about 550 m wide N-S. The layout of the ancient town has been reconstructed on the basis of results of investigations conducted to date. The harbour infrastructure, including warehouses of which ruins have survived, lay immediately on the coast. Directly to the south of the port and commercial quarter, was the city centre which included baths, a civic basilica and other public buildings around a porticoed main square. Surrounding the centre were densely occupied habitation quarters. Remains of more than 50 different architectural structures have been discovered in the town and necropolis. On the basis of archaeological evidence, the town functioned from the 2nd century BC to the beginning of the 7th century AD. The earliest remains, some even from the mid 2nd century BC, were found in the necropolis. A very specific type of architectural decoration characterized by simplification and decorative geometrization appears in Marina where it also seems to have been prevalent. This kind of stylization has been associated mainly with Petra where a similar architectural decoration was commonly applied. Having been recognized first in Petra, it came to be known as Nabatean. The stylized architectural decoration discovered at Petra and Hegra is so specific and dissimilar from any of the Classical orders that it has even been described on occasion as a separate architectural order.

Battlefield General

El Alamein 1942
Author: Alistair Smith,Jonathan Sutherland
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 1848846894
Category: History
Page: 174
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The Battlefield General game books put you in command of the forces engaged in some of history's most famous battles. Your ability to make the right tactical decision will be tested at every turn of the page. The 2nd Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 was one of the crucial turning points of WWII. Here Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery ('Monty') and the British Eighth Army (the famous 'Desert Rats') halted the victorious advance of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox) and his Afrika Korps. Britain's vital interests in the Middle East, particularly the vital oil fields, were thus saved. The book presents the reader with a series of command decisions, aided by situation maps, directing you to the next relevant briefing depending on the option you choose. No dice are necessary to play, just this book and your tactical skill. When you buy this book, the fate of nations is in your hands.