Books on Africa

Discussion in 'North Africa & the Med' started by penderel, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. DianeE

    DianeE Member

    Hi, my father served with the RA as an anti-aircraft gunner in North Africa and Italy. He mentioned he was at El Alamein but after the fighting. I don't know if this was the 1st or 2nd battle. I hope in the next couple of months to request his service records.
    However I would like to know more about El Alamein.
    Would you recommend the book El-Alamein by Bry Hammand. (It is available in South Africa)
    many thanks
    Diane
     
  2. RemeDesertRat

    RemeDesertRat Very Senior Member

    Yes, ive read that book and can recommend it.
    I did a short review of the book on the forum when it first came out, a search should find it for you, cant post links from my phone.
    Actually if you look ten posts back from here I have already posted a link.
     
  3. DianeE

    DianeE Member

    Many thanks. I will order the book.

    (Note to self- search first!)
    Diane
     
  4. Harryb245

    Harryb245 Member

    Two books I recommend is A view from the Turret by Bill Close (A History of 3RTR in the Second world WarPublisher Dell & Bredon ISBN -10:0953335917
    Press on Regardless Story of 5Th RTR WW 2 by Edward Wilson Publisher: The History Press
    ISBN: -10:1862272170
    Both cover the Western Desert War
     
  5. Harryb245

    Harryb245 Member

    Another Two books are A Tankies Travels By Jock Watt(Ex 3RTR RSM) Woodfield Publishing ISBN-10 :1846830214

    Leakey's Luck A Tank Commander with Nine Lives by Rea Leakey

    Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd
    ISBN-10 :0750931957
     
  6. Richard G

    Richard G Junior Member

    Can anyone recommend a book that includes detailed information on North African OOB's and the numbers and types of heavy equipment committed and damaged /destroyed for each significant battle up to at least the end of 1942? In particular I need to know the heavy equipment figures for both sides of the final battle of El Alamein. By 'heavy equipment' I refer to all armed equipment like artillery, tanks, anti tank guns, carriers and so on.

    It's about time that I started a North Africa book collection.
     
  7. L J

    L J Senior Member

    For those who want some information about the Italians,information that is more serious than the Allo,Allo stereotypes,I recommend (in the Osprey series) :Italian soldier in North Africa 1941-43.
     
  8. Richard G

    Richard G Junior Member

    Just finished going right through this topic to see what I've missed. A must read for those who like to get to the guts of what happened at a higher level is Nigel Hamilton's Monty 1942-1944. This book goes right into how Alamein was fought and what happened afterwards during the chase of Rommel, from both sides. A lot of the references are to official documents and to Monty's diary as well as the writings of Rommel which to a large degree cuts out later interpretations and subsequent opinion, a good thing because it keeps us closest to what actually happened and why.

    It's warts and all, it looks at mistakes made and why, particularly it reveals the failings of Rommel after Alamein which were significant and which eventually saw him relieved of command. As well as looking at the leaders it examines the British way of doing things, the good and the bad and how they changed as a result of experience and the need to match professionalism with like. Lots of depth and detail, including comments like how Australians were admired but not particularly liked ;)
     

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