1st Edition

Fighting Rommel
The British Imperial Army in North Africa during the Second World War, 1941–1943

ISBN 9780367358242
Published September 25, 2019 by Routledge India
276 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

Fighting Rommel examines how and why some armies innovate under pressure while others do not. Focusing on the learning culture of the British Imperial Forces, it looks at the Allied campaign during the Second World War against the Afrika Korps of Rommel. The volume highlights the hitherto unexplored yet key role of the British Indian Army, the largest volunteer force in the world. It also introduces ‘learning culture’ as a heuristic device. Further, it goes on to analyze military innovation on the battlefield, in victory and defeat.

A major intervention in the study of the Second World War, this book will be indispensable to scholars and researchers of military history, especially British and German, battlefield history, and defence and strategic studies.

Table of Contents


1 Rommel attacks: Battleaxe and lessons learnt

2 Desert Fox contained: Crusader

3 Triumph of the Desert Fox

4 Second and Third Alamein: the two battles that stopped Rommel

5 Endgame in Tunisia


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Kaushik Roy is Guru Nanak Chair Professor at the Department of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway.