The Desert War begins

British troops camped in the Egyptian desert in 1940

General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East Command, led 82,775 men from the United Kingdom, India, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Britain’s African colonies. They faced 415,000 Italian troops stationed in Libya and East Africa. Nevertheless, it was British forces that took the initiative on the night of 11-12 June 1940, when units of the newly arrived 7th Armoured Division crossed the Libyan border and took the first Italian prisoners. British raids into Libya continued throughout the summer.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Earlier in the war:

Later in the war: