Operation Compass 1940: Wavell's Whirlwind Offensive

Operation Compass 1940: Wavell's Whirlwind Offensive

Paperback Campaign Series, 73

By (author) Jon Latimer, Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Edited by David Chandler

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 246mm x 10mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 10 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1855329670
  • ISBN 13: 9781855329676
  • Illustrations note: colour and b&w illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,001,053

Product description

Osprey's Campaign title for the first battle of the desert war, Operation Compass, which was originally envisaged as a spoiling attack, combined with a reconnaissance in force to disrupt the Italian forces that had advanced into Egypt in September 1940. Lt Gen. Richard O'Connor launched what amounted to a British 'Blitzkrieg'. In less than two months the British forces swept 500 miles along the coast of North Africa. 7th Armoured Division raced across the desert to cut off the retreating Italians, and O'Connor's men destroyed 9 Italian divisions, and took 130,000 prisoners. In March 1941 General Rommel and the Afrikakorps landed at Tripoli.

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Author information

Jon Latimer is a serving officer with the Royal Welch Fusiliers (TA) and has a number of articles published on military history in British Army Review, Military History and World War II. He has carried out extensive research into the war in the desert.

Table of contents

Italy enters the war; opposing commanders; opposing armies; opposing plans; frontier skirmishes; the Italians invade Egypt; the attack on the camps; Buq Buq; Bardia; Tobruk; Beda Fomm; aftermath; chronology; wargaming Operation Compass.