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    Thomas Morgan

    Hello everyone,

    Long time lurker and first time poster to the forum here.

    I’m contemplating doing a North African project a little later in the year, so in the meantime I was hoping to do some reading to carry my knowledge further than the “World at War” episode on the subject. I figure that if I’m better informed on the theatre I can make wiser choices  regarding  rules, game scale, etc. Any suggestions on books that deal with the campaign, especially at the tactical level, would be most appreciated.



    Tom Morgan

    Rod Robertson

    Thomas Morgan:

    Hi there and welcome aboard!

    This link might be of some use to you even though it is from the site which shall not be named; it is a useful tool:


    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.


    Those are all good sources.

    Thomas Morgan

    Thanks Rod,

    Plenty of suggestions there to get me started.

    Much obliged.

    Tom Morgan


    “The Tunisian Campaign” by Charles Messenger is, in my opinion, well worth a read.


    Couldn’t open the link by Rod as its TMP down time (just for a change!) But if that list doesn’t include ‘Desert Generals’by Correlli Barnet, it should. Outstanding reading. Debunks Monty something shocking, but it rings true, given Monty’s subsequent apologies for his TV programs about the campaign….

    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9


    The TMP link has some good suggestions (I think I put some of them on there), but if I was forced to just pick a few I’d go with:


    ‘Rommels North African Campaign’ by Green and Massignani

    ‘Tobruk’ by FM Lord Carver

    ‘The African Trilogy’ by Alan Moorshead

    and for a very decent wargamers guide up until late 1941, Frank Chadwicks ‘Beghazi Handicap’.

    but there are lots of other good books too. One problem with the WaW episodes is that they were filmed when Enigma was unknown and they perpetuate (unsurprisngly) some of the myths about the desert war which were around in the 1960s and 70s. Things like the role of Malta in sinking (or not) Axis supply convoys and their influence n combat power are still very controversial – Martin Van Crefeld devotes a chapter or three to logistics issues in the desert in’Supplying War’.










    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    Don Glewwe

    If interested in when/after the Yanks get involved, their actions are covered in “An Army At Dawn” by Rick Atkinson.



    The Crucible of War 1- Wavell’s Command by Barrie Pitt- great book on the path of the Desert war until the removal of Gen. Wavell.

    The Tank War by Mark Urban – The First half of this book is a very insightful view of life and fighting in the %th RTR in the desert created from interviews , memoirs and diary entries. The Second half of the book isn’t half bad either.

    To model the effect of Nuclear weapons on the wargaming table, apply jerry can of fuel to board, light match and stand well back.

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