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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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– ELEVEN –THE TABLES ARE TURNED

‘I came to understand something of the meaning of panic in this long nervous drive. It was the unknown we were running away from, the unknown in ourselves and in the enemy.’

Alan Moorehead

On the morning of 24 November 1941 Rommel took a gamble that defied military logic but caught the Eighth Army completely off guard. In what became known as his ‘dash for the wire’ he led his entire force in a headlong charge towards the Egyptian border, carving a route which took him directly through the British lines. Alan Moorehead watched ‘the contagion of bewilderment and fear and ignorance’ provoked by Rommel’s own gamble as hundreds of British trucks, armoured cars and tanks ‘came flying pell-mell across the desert’ retreating ...

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