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Raising Churchill’s ArmyThe British Army and the War against Germany 1919-1945$
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David French

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246304

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246304.001.0001

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The Desert War, 1940–1942

The Desert War, 1940–1942

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(p.212) Chapter Seven The Desert War, 1940–1942
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Raising Churchill’s Army
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David French

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199246304.003.0007

This chapter examines the desert war experience of the British Army during the period from 1940 to 1942. The British were defeated three times by the Germans and the Axis forces in operations Brevity, Battleaxe, and Crusader. This defeat highlighted the weakness of the British Army in combined arms operation and showed the greater institutional experience of the Axis forces at the tactical level. The Axis forces' formation was so organized that motorized artillery and tanks could quickly provide each other with mutual support.

Keywords:   British Army, desert war, Germany, Axis forces, Operation Brevity, Operation Battleaxe, Operation Crusader, military tactics

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