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Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide by Jonathan Dimbleby

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– SIX –DANGEROUS DIVERSIONS

‘Do you play poker? Here is the hand that is going to win the war: a Royal flush – Great Britain, the Sea, the Air, the Middle East, American aid.’

Winston Churchill at a dinner party

The drama in the Balkans – on which so much hinged for all the warring parties in the region – had started to unfold at extraordinary speed. The apparent threat posed by Britain to his southern flank on the European side of the Mediterranean agitated Hitler far more than the passing thought that Rommel could inflict a devastating blow against the enemy on the African side. What if the British were to succeed in forging a common front with the Greeks and the Yugoslavs? How would Turkey react? Would the Balkan states join the enemy camp? ...

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