Desert Armour


07 December 2022
New book by Robert Forczyk, due out in February 2023.

Richly illustrated with photographs, artwork and maps, this forthcoming book, subtitled Tank Warfare in North Africa: Beda Fomm to Operation Crusader, 1940–41, by best-selling author Robert Forczyk provides a new study of armoured warfare in the desert.

The campaign in the North African desert was pure mechanised warfare, and in many respects the most technologically advanced theatre of World War II. It was also the only theatre where for three years British and Commonwealth, and, later, US troops were in constant contact with Axis forces. 

In this book, the first of two volumes covering the history of tank warfare in North Africa, Robert Forczyk explores the history of the campaign from the initial Italian attack in 1940 and the arrival of Rommel’s Panzergruppe Afrika to the British Operation Crusader offensive that led to the relief of Tobruk in late 1941.

Fully illustrated throughout with photographs, profile artwork and maps, and featuring tactical-level vignettes and appendices analysing tank data, tank deliveries in-theatre and orders of battle, Desert Armour provides a focused, analytical account of armoured operations in North Africa.


  • Osprey Publishing
  • ISBN 978-1-4728-5188-8
  • £35. Hardback
  • Published: 16 February 2023



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