The Battle of the Peaks and Long Stop Hill

Tunisia, April-May 1943

Ian Mitchell

The Battle of the Peaks is the first book to be specifically devoted to the forgotten fighting that took place in the hills of northern Tunisia in the spring of 1943. The author brings to life the fascinating story of a successful British victory in battle in April 1943 by the 78th "Battle Axe” Infantry Division that has previously been ignored by
Date Published :
September 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
18 b/w photos, 8 color photos, 15 color maps, 1 b/w ills, 1 Table
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781911628934
Pages : 368
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The Battle of the Peaks and Long Stop Hill is the first book to be devoted to a series of forgotten battles in the spring of 1943 in the hills of northern Tunisia. The author brings to life the fascinating story of a successful British victory in April 1943 largely achieved by the 78th “Battle Axe” Division which has been all but forgotten by most historians. This book describes how well led British troops wrested control of a series of high peaks, and thus inflicted a clear defeat on troops of the famed Afrika Korps. This in turn secured a victory which soon led to the surrender of 250,000 Axis troops in May 1943.

The author begins by tracing the background to these operations and the wider Tunisian campaign. It then briefly describes the bloody race for Tunis in late 1942 and the first battle of Longstop Hill on Christmas Day. He continues by chronicling in detail the tough fighting during Operations Sweep and Vulcan that took place in the hills west and north of Medjez el Bab, Tunisia in spring 1943. The book provides a clear picture both of the infantry and tank operations but also the key role played by supporting troops in this battle. This account focuses not only on the fighting but also of the personality and character of the men who fought, and sometimes died, in the Battle of the Peaks. It concludes with a detailed description of the fighting during the final Battle of Longstop Hill, an action that led to the award of a Victoria Cross to Major Jack Anderson.

Written by a former Army officer and amateur historian, this book is based on extensive research using both primary sources and several unpublished personal accounts. It includes 12 specifically designed maps and 30 rarely seen photographs of the battle and the battle area.

About The Author

Ian Mitchell is the author of Isles of the North (2004) and Isles of the West. He lives in Moscow. Visit his blog at russianrambles.blogspot.


The maps, the narrative and numerous photographs really do the 78th ‘Battle Axe’ Division and the men who wore its emblem proud.

- Despatches

"This title covers the operational and tactical developments to seize vital ground covering the Allied final approach to Tunis."

- Miniature Wargames

"The narrative structure of the book and presentation of the planning methodologies (and what influenced the decision making) is really quite superb. Mitchell closes his work with a comprehensive listing of his source material as well as the locations from which he was able to obtain them. Helion, as always, has provided an absolutely first rate publication. This is an excellent work of research and presentation and a very worthy addition to anyone’s library."

- British Army Review

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