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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (10 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032905
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Paddy Griffith's "World War II Desert Tactics " explains the tactical challenges faced by Allied and Axes forces battling in North Africa's deserts. From strengths to weaknesses and special challenges on both sides, it packs in plenty of military insights on battle and strategy." -"California Bookwatch "(May 2008) "Overall, this was a rewarding book to read... Griffith provides a useful explanation of British and German tactics, why they developed and how they changed as a result of experience... Solid explanation of tactical doctrine in the desert, contains material useful in creating up to five scenarios." -Bob Barnetson, "Tabletop Gaming News "(April 15, 2008) "It is a book of a time when both sides were learning what worked and what didn't. A most engrossing read that I am positive you will also enjoy." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com "(March 2008)

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Paddy Griffith is a freelance military historian based in Manchester. His groundbreaking books on low-level tactics include Forward Into Battle (1981 and 1990), Battle Tactics of the Civil War (1986) and Battle Tactics of the Western Front (1994). He has also written extensively on wargames, and is currently active in the South Manchester Tactical Society and in the Battlefields Trust.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Brown VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2008
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Unlike some of Osprey's other output this a very readable book thanks to style of the author who doesn't hold back on his opinions. This made the book a pleasure to read. In fact, the problem is that there isn't more as the Osprey format dictates few pages and lots of illustrations so it's easy to get through the whole book in a couple of hours. This space contraint means that this is more of a look at how British and Commonwealth tactics evolved between 1940 and 1943 in response to an already tactically fully-competent Africa Korps rather than a rounded look at all the armies in that theatre. After an excellent start to the book you get the impression of a hurried finish to fit in with the space left. Which is a shame as the author's style does leave you wanting more. Let's hope that Osprey commission a few more from Paddy in future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 22 Feb. 2015
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After the debacle (for the British) in France, the first real opportunity that they had to fight the Axis was when Italy entered the war and began its North African campaigns. Fighting in the desert was the first time that truly mechanized warfare was fought. No mules, horses or camels were used to haul troops or bring in supplies. Everything was hauled by trucks. Much of this was due to the fast moving pace of the various armies as they fought back and forth across the coast of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Paddy Griffith takes an in-depth look at the situation of desert warfare of the time. He shows how past conceptions of 'how to do things' either hurt or helped the opposing sides. This includes the way that warfare was fought without going into a lot of detail of the various battles. Much success or failure was due to the ability (or lack thereof) of one side to take advantage of situations. This could be due to leadership, communications, equipment or a combination of them all. The book is superbly illustrated by Adam Hook and further enhanced by a raft of period photos that help the reader understand some of the complexities of the situation. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DS fan's dad on 17 May 2010
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I had heard people talk about how desert fighting is like naval warfare, but did not really understand. This explains that and the generic examples of different operation e.g. Afrikakorps on the attack are very clear and helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By peter upton on 17 Nov. 2013
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Osprey has cornered the market in these books. About 100 pages long they provide a clear and compelling narrative of the tactics used in the desert campaign. Good analysis of the men, machines and commanders with great maps and of course those excellent centrefold illustrations.

Excellence as standard
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