The World at War: Season 1, Episode 8

The Desert: North Africa - 1940-1943 (19 Dec. 1973)

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In 1940 Mussolini deploys a massive army to invade British held Egypt, to capture the Suez Canal and most of all to establish an Italian empire to rival Germany's. So begins a multi-year ... See full summary »

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David Belchem ...
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Paola Colacicchi ...
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Francis de Guingand ...
Himself (as Gen. Sir Francis De Guingard)
Lawrence Durrell ...
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Field Marshal Lord Harding ...
Himself - Commander, 7th Armoured Division
Richard O'Connor ...
Himself (as Gen. Sir Richard O'Connor)
Erwin Rommel ...
Himself (archive footage)
Siegfried Westphal ...
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In 1940 Mussolini deploys a massive army to invade British held Egypt, to capture the Suez Canal and most of all to establish an Italian empire to rival Germany's. So begins a multi-year campaign over a meaningless stretch of desert involving forces from a dozen nations and characterized by persistent attackers, stubborn defenders and ultimately controlled by supply line challenges. Written by David Foss

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