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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-SIX –THE BEGINNING OF THE END

‘All enemy resistance has ceased. We are masters of the North African shores.’

General Harold Alexander to Winston Churchill

Two days before the Prime Minister delivered himself of that famous phrase, Brooke made a laconic note in his diary. Concealing his relief, he wrote, on 8 November, ‘This morning, the landings at Casablanca, Oran and Algiers, or rather in the vicinity of these places, were carried out almost like clockwork.’ It was a momentous day, the product of immaculate planning, good timing and luck. It had been a long and troubled gestation but Operation Torch – the first Allied operation of the Second World War – was finally underway. Churchill had achieved his great objective: to corral the ...

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