Operation Crusader

Tank Warfare in the Desert, Tobruk 1941

Hermann Buschleb

First English translation of a German account of Operation Crusader.
Date Published :
December 2019
Publisher :
Contributor(s) :
David Dorondo
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
Illustration :
20 black and white maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612007236
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 6 X 9 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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First English translation of a German account of Operation Crusader.

The port of Tobruk, Libya, was besieged by German and Italian forces in April 1941. Following an abortive attempt in June, the Allies tried to relieve the siege in late November, when the Eighth Army launched Operation Crusader, which aimed at destroying the Axis armored force then advancing. After a number of inconclusive engagements, the British 7th Armoured Division was defeated by the Afrika Korps at Sidi Rezegh. Erwin Rommel was then forced to withdraw his troops to the defensive line at Gazala, making the operation the first Allied victory over German land forces in World War II. This account of the tank warfare during Operation Crusader in front of Tobruk in the fall of 1941 examines the roles of commanders in the battles of Operation Crusader, in particular the part of Erwin Rommel, who achieved some defensive successes during the battle. As well as examining the part of commanders, it discusses the parameters of the battle: the terrain, weather, visibility, logistics, intelligence, and the forces involved. It then narrates the course of the battle, and the result of the battle.



Situation to 8 November 1941
Observations on the Situation
The Battle
The Result

Annotations and abbreviations


"...a detailed narrative of tank warfare during Crusader..."

- SirReadaLot.org

"This book is probably the best German Officer written appraisal of a battle in WWII that I have read."

- A Wargamers Needful Things

"Buschleb adds another layer of interpretation and opinion to what was already a complicated and perplexing battle."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

"'I would recommend book to all WW2 history fans. There are not that many books with actual memories of people who participated in the famous battles. Good to see Casemate Publishing bringing us another important piece of information in affordable and understandable form.''

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‘’It is always interesting to see a battle from an opponent's perspective, especially the contrast between the two command systems..’’

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"...an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library World War II Military History collections."

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