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Timeline of the North African Campaign. The battle in the North African desert during World War II from 1940-1943. ...

Contents

1940

  • August 4: Itlian forces invade British Somaliland
  • August 19: Berbera captured
  • September 13: Italian forces invade Egypt from Libya
  • September 16: Italian forces establish front east of Sidi Barani
  • December 9: Operation Compass begins
  • December 16: Solum captured by Allies

1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The British Somaliland Protectorate was a British protectorate in the north part of the Somalia. ... Berbera is the capital of Saaxil, a region in Somalia and now part of the Republic of Somaliland. ... Operation Compass was a World War II Allied military operation in the Western Desert Campaign. ...

1941

  • January 5: Bardia captured by 8th Army
  • January 22: Tobruk captured by 8th Army
  • February 5: Beda Fomm captured by 8th Army
  • February 9: Italian forces retreat to El Agheila
  • March 24: Allied forces at El Agheila defeated
  • April 3: Benghazi captured by Axis
  • April 10: Siege of Tobruk begins
  • April 15: British pushed back to Salum
  • August 15: Panzer Group Afrika activated with Rommel in Command
  • October 1: 5th Light Division redesignated 21st Panzer Division
  • November 18: Auchinleck's offensive begins
  • December 7: Tobruk siege relieved by 8th Army
  • December 25: Agedabia reached by the Allies
  • December 31: Front lines at return to El Agheila

1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Siege of Tobruk Conflict World War II Date March 31, 1941 – November 27, 1941 Place Tobruk, Libya Result Allied victory The Siege of Tobruk was a lengthy confrontation between Axis and Allied forces in the North African Campaign of World War II. See also Afrika Korps Desert Rats Rats of... Siege of Tobruk Conflict World War II Date March 31, 1941 – November 27, 1941 Place Tobruk, Libya Result Allied victory The Siege of Tobruk was a lengthy confrontation between Axis and Allied forces in the North African Campaign of World War II. See also Afrika Korps Desert Rats Rats of...

1942

  • January 21: Rommel's second offensive begins
  • January 23: Agedabia captured by Axis forces
  • January 29: Benghazi captured by Axis forces
  • February 4: Front line established between Gazala and Bir Hacheim
  • May 26: Axis assault on the Gazala line begins
  • June 11: Axis forces begin advance to Tobruk
  • June 21: Tobruk captured by Axis forces
  • June 30: Axis reaches El Alamein
  • November 5: Axis lines at El Alamein broken
  • November 9: Sidi Barani captured by Allies
  • November 11: Tobruk captured by Allied forces
  • November 20: Benghazi captured by Allied forces
  • December 17: Eastern Task Force and Axis meet at Djebel Abiod
  • December 25: Sirte captured by Allies

1942 was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Field Marshal Erwin Rommel Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (November 15, 1891–October 14, 1944) was one of the most distinguished German Field Marshals and commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps in World War II. He is also known by his nickname The Desert Fox (Wüstenfuchs). ... Tobruk is a sea-port in eastern Libya. ... El Alamein is a town in northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea coast. ... El Alamein is a town in northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea coast. ... Tobruk is a sea-port in eastern Libya. ...

1943

  • January 23: Tripoli captured by British 8th Army
  • February 4: Axis forces in Libya retreat to Tunisian border
  • February 19: Battle of the Kasserine Pass launched by Axis forces
  • March 21: Operation Pugilist launched by Montgomery
  • May 7: British enter Tunis, Americans enter Bizerte
  • May 13: Army Group Afrika surrenders in Tunisia

1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Tripoli (population 1 million, Arabic: Ţarabulus) is the capital of Libya. ... The Great Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya or Libya (Arabic: ليبيا) is a country in North Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, located between Egypt on the east, Sudan on the southeast, Chad and Niger on the south and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. ... Tunis is the capital of Tunisia. ... Bizerte is a town as well as a state (governorate) in Tunisia. ... The Tunisian Republic (الجمهرية التونسية), or Tunisia, is a Muslim Arab country situated on the North African Mediterranean coast. ...

References

Sources for this timeline were primarily derived from several Wikipedia pages (accessed: 2005-04-03) using text and data on maps from Western Desert Campaign and Tunisia Campaign. The Western Desert Campaign was the primary early theatre of the North African Campaign of World War II. It is sometimes referred to as the Libya-Egypt Campaign. ... The Tunisia Campaign was a series of World War II battles that took place in Tunisia during the North African Campaign of the World War II, between forces of the German/Italian Axis, and allied forces consisting primarily of US, British and small numbers of Vichy French. ...


Some additional dates from:

  • Young, Peter (1973) Battles and Campaigns: The Atlas of the Second World War: 1. March of the Swastika, Orbis Publishing, London, 64 pp.

  Results from FactBites:
 
North African Campaign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (793 words)
The North African Campaign, also known as the Desert War, of World War II took place in the North African desert during 1940-1943.
At this point General Bernard Montgomery took over as commander of Allied forces in North Africa and, after victory in the battles of Alam Halfa and Second El Alamein, began to the push the Axis forces back, going as far as capturing Tripoli.
After victory in the North African Campaign, the stage was set for the Italian Campaign to begin.
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