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The Desert: North Africa - 1940-1943 

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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Himself - Narrator (voice)
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David Belchem ...
Himself - Western Desert Force (as Gen. David Belchem)
Paola Colacicchi ...
Himself - Italian Army
Francis de Guingand ...
Himself - Military Intelligence, Cairo / Montgomery's Chief of Staff (as Gen. Sir Francis De Guingard)
Lawrence Durrell ...
Himself - British Press Officer, Cairo
Allan Francis Harding ...
Himself - Commander, 7th Armoured Division (as Field Marshal Lord Harding)
Richard O'Connor ...
Himself - Commander, Western Desert Force (as Gen. Sir Richard O'Connor)
Siegfried Westphal ...
Himself - Afika Korps, Rommel's Chief of Staff (as Gen. 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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19 December 1973 (UK)  »

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