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The First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign

Andrew Stewart


This book presents a new account of the long-overlooked achievement of British-led forces who, against all odds, scored the first major Allied victory of the Second World War. Surprisingly neglected in accounts of Allied wartime triumphs, in 1941 British and Commonwealth forces completed a stunning and important victory in East Africa against an overwhelmingly superior Italian opponent. A hastily formed British-led force, never larger than 70,000 strong, advanced along two fronts to defeat nearly 300,000 Italian and colonial troops. This book draws on an array of previously unseen documents to ... More

Keywords: Allied victory, Second World War, British forces, Commonwealth forces, East Africa, Winston Churchill, General Archibald Wavell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300208559
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300208559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Stewart, author
King's College, London