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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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– TEN –AUCHINLECK STANDS FIRM

‘The Desert Army may add a page to history which will rank with Blenheim and Waterloo. The eyes of all nations are upon you. All our hearts are with you.’

Winston Churchill

In the Western Desert, Rommel waited in frustration and discomfort. ‘One lies in bed tossing and turning and dripping with sweat,’ he wrote to his wife on 3 July. ‘The news of victories in Russia is very good to hear. It’s all quiet here so far. But I’m not being taken in. Our stubborn friends on the other side will be back sooner or later.’ On that other side, the imperial ‘Army of the Nile’ – the British, the Australians, the New Zealanders, the Indians, the South Africans, and a smattering of Free French and Poles – similarly sweltered in the ...

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