The Desert War : The Classic Trilogy on the North African Campaign 1940-1943

Author(s): Alan Moorehead


In 1940, Alan Moorehead was sent to cover the North Africa campaign by the Daily Express, and he followed its dramatic course all the way to 1943. The three books he subsequently wrote about the Desert War - later collected as his 'African Trilogy' - were swiftly acclaimed as a classic account of the tussle between Montgomery's Eighth Army and Rommel's Afrika Corps, amidst the endless harsh wastes of the Western Desert. Moorehead was responsible for the celebrated insight that tank battles in the desert are like battles at sea, the lumbering tanks like ships lost in a vast ocean of sand. The New Statesman could not have put it better when it described his achievement with this riveting book: 'There is something of genius in the breadth and penetration of his vision, which encompasses the whole panorama of war and then narrows it down to the particular: the soldier stubbing out his cigarette before going into action, the expression on a tank commander's face as he is hit...The story of the African campaigns will go down in history as one of the great epics of mankind, largely thanks to Mr Moorehead's account.'
This reissue of Alan Moorehead's classic text on the North Africa campaign with a new introduction from acclaimed historian Richard Overy will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Battles for El Alamein in July and October 1942.


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'A timely reissue of Moorehead's classic trilogy in one omnibus edition. Established as a masterpiece.' * Military History Monthly * 'As a narrative history, it effortlessly engages the reader. It is a timeless work.' * Soldier Magazine * 'A classic' * Observer * 'One of the most remarkable books of this or any other modern war' * New Statesman * 'It's brilliant. The book is fabulous... he had a lot of perception about the lives of those he was writing about' -- Jeremy Bowen * The Today Programme *

ALAN MOOREHEAD OBE, was born in Australia in 1910, but resided in England and Italy for most of his life from 1937-83. He was a war correspondent and author of popular histories, most notably two books on the nineteenth-century exploration of the Nile, The White Nile and The Blue Nile. His trilogy The Desert War on the North African campaign 1940-43 in which he reported events on the frontline is still seen as a definitive account. Foreword by Professor RICHARD OVERY Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1977), Fellow of the British Academy (2000) and Fellow of King's College (2003). In 2001 he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society for Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. In September 2004 he took up appointment as Professor of History at the University of Exeter. His publications include: The Oxford Illustrated History of World War Two, Oxford University Press, 2015., A History of War in 100 Battles, HarperCollins UK, 2014, The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945, London, Allen Lane, 2013, The Third Reich: A Chronicle, London, Quercus, 2010, The Morbid Age: Britain between the Wars, London, Allen Lane, 2009, 1939:Countdown to War, London, Allen Lane, 2009, Times History of the World, Times Books, 2004, Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia., Allen Lane, 2004.

General Fields

  • : 9781781316733
  • : Aurum Press
  • : Aurum Press
  • : March 2017
  • : 153mm X 234mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 656
  • : General Adult
  • : 961
  • : English
  • : Jul-17
  • : Hardcover
  • : Alan Moorehead