2nd imp., 1969. X + 341 pp., 15 photo-plates + 5 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. There had been 'grandiose predictions' of swift victory when the Americans landed in North Africa. They believed that they had but to appear and the enemy would be terrified and fall before them. Suddenly there was a disastrous defeat inflicted by Rommel himself. The blow sent the Americans reeling back in Tunisia, more than fifty miles across the plain of Sbeitla between the mountain passes of Faid and Kasserine. Through an extraordinary ability to clarify not only vast military movements but also individuals under stress, the author has brought to life a story that has never before been presented in its entirety.