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WW2 Relevance

|   8 April 2011

Erwin Rommel and desert war

Erwin Rommel  (standing on the left) in the Western desert.

We’ve just added on to the site for subscribers a video about the desert war – a conflict often reduced to the battle between Bernard Montgomery on the the Allied side and Erwin Rommel on the Axis side. But as the video shows, this was a war that was decided more by logistics than Generalship.

In a tactic which has some parallel with the current conflict in Libya, the Allies imposed, in effect, an air exclusion zone around the Western desert and destroyed vital German supplies which were en route by sea to Rommel. Ultimately, this master of mobile warfare was reduced to leaving many of his tanks where they were because they had run out of fuel.  The Allies air superiority over the desert was also to prove critical to their success – one wonders if the same tactic will work today…

WW2 Anniversary

|   26 March 2011

Fighting in the desert

The desert of Libya

Seventy years ago this month, the most brilliant German battlefield commander of the war, Erwin Rommel, was fighting over the exact same territory in Libya as the rebels are today.

Rommel, who had only arrived to take up command of German forces in North Africa just days before, led in March 1941 one of the most audacious offensives in modern military history against British, Commonwealth and Empire troops who were defending Benghazi and Tobruk in Western Libya. The British swiftly withdrew from Benghazi and the Germans laid siege to Tobruk. Read the rest of this entry