Operation Scipio: The 8th Army at the Battle of the Wadi-akarit, 6th April 1943, Tunisia - B. S. BarnesMarket Weighton: Sentinel Press, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Order of battle; Battle honours; Black & white photographs; Maps (2); Appendices (7);
From the cover: “The focus of this book centres around the activities of the 8th Army between the dates of the 1st and 7th April 1943 in Tunisia. This deals with the last great pitched battle between the 8th Army and the old enemy, Panzer Army Africa. This remarkable new book presents a detailed account of the Battle of the Wadi Akarit, hour by hour we follow each battalion on its bloody course during the different stages of the action. First-hand accounts and contemporary photographs paint an all too vivid picture of this Tunisian killing ground. The interviews are wide ranging, from Spitfire pilots to gunners, sappers and padres and the men in the front line. Some are funny, poignant and engrossing, others are heart breaking and tragic.
The author has spent years gathering material for this study and has produced an important historical document that gives us a unique insight into the world of the fighting man.
As darkness fell on 6th April the 8th Army consolidated their positions and counted their losses. Six hundred British troops lay dead on the battlefield with three times that number maimed and wounded, in the distance the rumble and roar of enemy transports could be heard as the Africa Corps pulled back. The failure of Montgomery to push through his armour earlier in the day, and to exploit a breakthrough, so destroying the axis forces once and for all has been a bone of contention for many who fought there and to military historians ever since. The reasons for this are gone into in great detail in the last chapter.
This original study puts the spotlight on one of the 8th Armies forgotten victories, Akarit has always been overshadowed by Alamein and Mareth and as such has received only scant attention from military historians. The men of all ranks who fought there recall it as one of the fiercest actions they took part in.
This is a book that once read will not easily be forgotten.”