Chaos in the Sand

A History of XIII Corps at Alamein. The Southern Sector, October and November 1942

Barrie S Barnes

After the protracted and bloody battles in the Gazala Line , May/June 1942, the defeated Eighth Army was in full retreat towards the positions at Alamein. Here the Eighth Army licked its wounds and replenished its stocks of men and materials. Montgomery was appointed as the new commander and instilled into his troops a new air of confidence. Most s
Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
147 b/w photos & 9 b/w maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781912866151
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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After the protracted and bloody battles in the Gazala Line , May/June 1942, the defeated Eighth Army was in full retreat towards the positions at Alamein. Here the Eighth Army licked its wounds and replenished its stocks of men and materials. Montgomery was appointed as the new commander and instilled into his troops a new air of confidence. Most studies of Alamein focus on the northern coastal sector where the main action was fought. This study looks at the southern sector held by XIII Corps: 50th Northumbrian Division, 1st Greek Brigade under its command. 44th Home Counties Division and the 7th Armoured Division with 2nd Free French Brigade under its command. Though the fighting here was not on the same scale as the coastal sector it was none the less a series of bloody actions and hundreds of men perished. XIII Corps had the job of holding on their front German and Italian armoured divisions that would otherwise be sent north to impede the main attack by Eighth Army. After the first attacks in the north and south failed to break through the Axis forces Montgomery organised Operation Supercharge, a thrust in the north headed by infantry and artillery. 151 [Durham Brigade] was moved north to take a leading role in this attack in early November. After a bloody fight the Durhams and Scots troops broke through and the British armour streamed out into the desert as the Axis forces retreated.

About The Author
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Barrie Samuel Barnes was raised by his grandparents on a North Hull housing estate and left school at 15 with no qualifications. His grandfather served in the 2nd Hull Pals and his stories fired the imagination of the young Barrie. After working in none skilled occupations for 18 years Barrie got various qualifications including three degrees and worked for the rest of his life as a school teacher. In this his 9th book he records the last of the interviews he made throughout the 80s and 90s and has now retired to an East Yorkshire market town where he is still writing and researching for future books.

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