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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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– TWENTY-FOUR –‘AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHTMARE’

‘Some of the tanks continued to advance even after they had been hit and set on fire, with only dead and dying men inside them, like huge self-propelled funeral pyres, a dead man’s foot still pressing down the accelerator.’

Dino Contini, Littorio Division captain

The Eighth Army’s setbacks might have been even more serious if the Panzerarmee had been under Rommel’s command at the time. But the Desert Fox was still in Germany on sick leave. In the early hours of the 24th, with all other means of communication severed, his stand-in, General Stumme was driven to the front in his staff car, accompanied only by his chief signals officer, to find out what was happening and to what extent the Eighth Army had ...

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