Operation Compass 1940: Wavell's Whirlwind Offensive (Campaign)

By Jon Latimer

Osprey's crusade name for the 1st conflict of the wilderness conflict, Operation Compass, which was once initially envisaged as a spoiling assault, mixed with a reconnaissance in strength to disrupt the Italian forces that had complex into Egypt in September 1940. Lt Gen. Richard O'Connor introduced what amounted to a British 'Blitzkrieg'. In under months the British forces swept 500 miles alongside the coast of North Africa. seventh Armoured department raced around the desolate tract to chop off the backing out Italians, and O'Connor's males destroyed nine Italian divisions, and took 130,000 prisoners. In March 1941 normal Rommel and the Afrikakorps landed at Tripoli.

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