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The Afrika Korps Erwan Bergot

The Afrika Korps - Erwan Bergot

London: Alan Wingate, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned. Hinge weak at the title page.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendices [4];

From the cover: “March 1941. After a lightning campaign of ninety days, across 1250 miles of the Libyan desert, the British advance had reached the gates of Tripoli. Confronting the victors was nothing but a mere handful of demoralised Italians.

Heia Safari! The cry which resounded through the desert came from the 3,000 men of a small detachment which had not yet been named the Afrika Korps. They charged forward with a few tanks and some ordinary vehicles disguised as tanks — the ‘Cardboard Division’. At their head was an unknown general, Erwin Rommel.

It was now the turn of the 12,000 British to be routed. They retreated, they scattered, they surendered. In the space of a month the name of the Afrika Korps and its Commander echoed from sand dune to sand dune, spreading alarm as far as Cairo and London. During the next two years the path of the Afrika Korps was littered with names which have become symbols of victories or disaster — Tobruk, Halfaya — ‘Hellfire Pass’ — Benghazi, Bir Hakeim, El Alamein. They are part of the history of the Eighth Army and of the Australian, New Zealand, Indian and Free French troops who served with the British under Alexander and Montgomery. Rommel and his Afrika Korps conducted a fringe war far from the turmoil of Europe; it was the last chivalrous battle of modern times, and they gained the respect of their enemies.

The tournament ended one day in May 1943 on a beach in Tunisia, an honourable end, after the last round of ammunition had been fired. The war cry was raised again, this time both in defiance and hope: Heia Safari!

Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages.
The Afrika Korps Erwan Bergot