Object details

Category
Photographs
Related period
Second World War (production), Second World War (content)
Creator
Royal Navy official photographer
Materials

whole: Nitrate

Catalogue number
ABS 1176
Part of
ADMIRALTY SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION

Object associations

Related content

Crusader tanks and other vehicles out on patrol in the Western Desert, 26 August 1942.
Second World War

How The British Secured A Victory In The Desert During The Second World War

When Italy declared war on 10 June 1940, the Italian Army in Libya threatened the vital Suez Canal in British-occupied Egypt. Italian forces attacked Egypt on 13 September. General O’Connor’s Western Desert Force was outnumbered, but his commander-in-chief, General Wavell, ordered a surprise attack at Sidi Barrani three days later.