Operation Scipio - The 8th Army at the Battle of the Wadi Akarit 6th April 1943

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Operation Scipio - The 8th Army at the Battle of the Wadi Akarit 6th April 1943
Operation Scipio - The 8th Army at the Battle of the Wadi Akarit 6th April 1943, by B.S. Barnes

Published by Sentinel Books in 2007, 352 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (S6868)

If El Alamein was the Eighth Army's finest hour, this book argues that the battle of the Wadi Akarit did not fall far short of  that momentous triumph. It was the last great pitched battle between the 8th Army and their old  adversaires - the German Panzer Afrika Corps, and the author has interviewed many survivors of the battle, from gunners, sappers and army chaplains to Spitfire pilots and  front-line infantrymen.

The single day's action cost the 8th Army six hundred  dead, and three times that number maimed and wounded - but it forced the Afrika  Korps to retreat, and, the author argues, only Montgomery s failure to attack  earlier with his armour prevented the retreat from becoming an utter rout. Years  in the making, this book is an immensley detailed and careful account of an often forgotten  action, based on the words of the men who fought it.....

Condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has one or two minor scuffs and creases, and some light nibbling and wear along the edges and corners, but the dark maroon cover boards are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.

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