Batsford, 1st ed., 1969. Xi + 226 pp., 28 photo-plates + 12 maps. D.j., 22 x 16cm. D.j., spine a little faded o/w FINE. The North African and Mediterranean theatre of operations in the Second World War was not merely of critical strategic importance – it was the only one where the British could engage the Axis on land. Early victories over Italian forces gave way to the ebb and flow of 8th Army’s struggle with Rommel’s Panzerarmee – a struggle finally ended by the surrender of all Axis forces in Tunisia. In showing how the nature and conduct of battles developed during the three-year desert campaign, the author brings together the strategic considerations, the changing tactics, and the impressions of the soldiers of many nations who did the actual fighting, along with photographs and maps.