Operation Compass 1940 : Wavell's Whirlwind Offensive
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.
- Paperback | 96 pages
- 180 x 246 x 10mm | 320g
- 10 May 2011
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Osprey Publishing
- United Kingdom
- colour and b&w illustrations, maps
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.
About Jon Latimer
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.