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Gazala 1942: Rommel's Greatest Victory

by Ken Ford & John White

Gazala was Rommel's greatest victory in World War II (1939-1945). After a period of stalemate in the desert war, during which both the British Eighth Army and the Afrika Korps had rested and regrouped, he carried...


The Rhine Crossings 1945

by Ken Ford & Howard Gerrard

'The last great heave of war,' according to Churchill, took place with the crossing of the Rhine in 1945. No invading army had crossed this great river since Napoleon's in 1805, and the task fell to Field Marshal...


D-Day 1944 (4): Gold & Juno Beaches

by Ken Ford & Kevin Lyles

The fourth title in Osprey's survey of the D-Day landings of World War II (1939-1945). Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, was the greatest sea-borne military operation in history. At the heart...


D-Day 1944 (3): Sword Beach & the British Airborne Landings

by Ken Ford & Howard Gerrard

The third title in Osprey's survey of the D-Day landings of World War II (1939-1945). At 0016hrs on 6 June 1944 a Horsa glider ground to a halt a mere 60 yards from the Orne Canal bridge at Bénouville in Normandy....


St Nazaire 1942: The Great Commando Raid

by Ken Ford & Howard Gerrard

The raid on the port of St Nazaire in March 1942 by a sea-borne task force from British Combined Operations remains one of the most daring actions of World War II (1939-1945). The port lies at the mouth of the...


Assault on Sicily: Monty and Patton at War

by Ken Ford

Operation 'Husky' was the only action in WWII where the whole Allied war effort was brought to bear on a single objective, with one army commanded by Patton and another by Montgomery. The seeds of rivalry between...


Caen 1944: Montgomery's break-out attempt

by Ken Ford & Peter Dennis

One of the key objectives of British forces on D-Day during World War II (1939-1945)was the capture of the strategically vital city of Caen. General Montgomery saw Caen as the key to Normandy and the springboard...


The Mareth Line 1943: The end in Africa

by Ken Ford & Steve Noon

The battle of El Alamein in World War II saw the shattering of Germany's hopes for victory in North Africa. From this point on the end was inevitable, as Rommel's forces began the long retreat that was to end...


The Bruneval Raid - Operation Biting 1942

by Ken Ford & Howard Gerrard

In the darkest days of World War II, the British planned a daring airborne operation to capture the secret of the new German radar. Lead by Major John Frost, a company of paratroopers dropped into Bruneval on...


Run The Gauntlet - The Channel Dash 1942

by Ken Ford & Howard Gerrard

In February 1942, three of the major ships of the German surface fleet - the battle-cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen - stormed out of the harbour at Brest on a dramatic voyage...


The Cockleshell Raid:  Bordeaux 1942

by Ken Ford & Howard Gerrard

On the night of December 7, 1942, five canoes were launched off the mouth of the Gironde river, each containing a pair of British commandoes tasked with slipping into the port of Bordeaux and destroying as many...