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Battle for Egypt

Contents

page ix

Contents

Page
PREFACE vii
1 AFTERMATH OF LIBYAN CAMPAIGN 1
2 A HAZARDOUS PROJECT 7
3 ALTERNATIVE ROLES 22
4 DIVISION IN SYRIA 28
5 ROMMEL STRIKES 44
6 FORCED MARCH TO THE DESERT 50
7 PREPARATIONS FOR DECISIVE BATTLE 59
8 AUCHINLECK TAKES COMMAND 69
9 ROMMEL'S BATTLE PLANS 77
10 GERMANS BREAK IN 81
11 NEW ZEALAND DIVISION ISOLATED 90
12 TWENTY-FOUR TENSE HOURS 103
13 EIGHTH ARMY IN LAST DITCH 136
14 THE ENEMY PLAN 149
15 EIGHTH ARMY HOLDS THE LINE 155
16 DEFEAT OF ARIETE DIVISION 167
17 THRUSTS, PARRIES, AND PLANS 178
18 BOTH ARMIES PREPARE ATTACKS 195
19 BATTLE OF TELL EL EISA 204
20 ARMIES SPAR FOR POSITIONS 213
21 PLANNING FOR RUWEISAT 220
22 CAPTURE OF RUWEISAT RIDGE 232 page x
23 THE FIRST DISASTER 249
24 FIGHTING ON THE RIDGE 264
25 ENEMY PREPARES COUNTER-ATTACK 276
26 FOURTH BRIGADE OVERRUN 287
27 REFLECTIONS 299
28 RAIDS, PATROLS, CONSOLIDATION 308
29 PLANS FOR EL MREIR 319
30 ADVANCE OF SIXTH BRIGADE 338
31 SUCCESSION OF DISASTERS 352
32 PRICE OF BAD PLANNING 364
33 REORGANISATION 370
APPENDIX I Commanders and Staff, June 1942 381
APPENDIX II 22 Battalion in Captivity 385
APPENDIX III Casualties, June–August 1942 387
GLOSSARY 389
BIBLIOGRAPHY 391