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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-THREE –INTO THE BREACH

‘There are great possibilities and great dangers. It may be the turning point of the war leading to further success combined with the North African attacks, or it may mean nothing. If it fails I don’t quite know how I shall bear it.’

General Alan Brooke

In the desert that same evening, the 23rd, the sky was clear. Hardly a soul moved. The battleground was illuminated by the full moon like the stage of a great theatre, but to the casual eye it would have seemed to be an empty quarter. There was no visible sign of guns or tanks or soldiers; all were hidden even from aerial reconnaissance. Though they were poised for battle, it was as though the 200,000 troops of the Eighth Army and the 100,000 men of the Panzerarmee ...

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