Object details

Category
Sound
Related period
1990 to the present day (production), Second World War (content)
Creator
IWM (Production company)
Smith, Patricia A (recorder)
Rayland, Ernest Gordon (interviewee/speaker)
Production date
1998-02-10
Dimensions

whole: Duration 260, Number Of Items 9

Catalogue number
17921

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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.