Book review: Operation ‘Torch’

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08 August 2019
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The full title of this book tags on The Invasion of North Africa Then and Now, so, as you can see, it’s another large format, glossily presented, After the Battle production

Author: Jean Paul Pallud

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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The full title of this book tags on The Invasion of North Africa Then and Now, so, as you can see, it’s another large format, glossily presented, After the Battle production. These tell the story of a battle or campaign, but send out their photographers to the same locations depicted in period photos, to show what it looks like now. For towns and cities, this is usually quite interesting to see how much or little they’ve changed, but for beaches it’s a little pointless, as they look much the same, just without soldiers.

Still, that aside, this is a comprehensive account of the Tunisian and Algerian campaign, starting with Operation Torch itself and moving on to Oran, Morocco, Tunisia, and the final battles before Axis forces surrendered in North Africa.

 

There’s plenty of detail of the fighting but the politics aren’t ignored either. With superb production standards, it’s a pity that the design is still dated, but this is certainly a detailed and worthy look at an often ignored phase of the war.

 

• After the Battle

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• ISBN 978-1-8700-6796-6

 

• 316 pages • Hardback • £39.99

 

 

As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019

 

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