An Italian SM 82 transport airplane taking off from a libyan airfield. Italy occupied Libya in
1912, a territory that had been administered by the Ottoman Empire until then.
Italian tanks M14/41 ready to take action in the area of El Agheila. Italy was unable to success
in their plan to invade Egypt due to shortage of materials, an excesively static and conservative
strategy, and an irresolute attitude of the commanders. Worse yet, in the following months the British
offensives finally took the Cirenaica from the Italians.
Near to Ain el Gazala, the remains of Italian artillery elements lie abandoned after the British advance. Excessively self confident, Italy refused the offer made by Germany of two divisions to assist the Italian war effort for invading Egypt, a decision that had disastrous consequences for the Italians.
A British Bren Carrier, immobilized during a confrontation in the desert. The German tanks that have hit it continue with their advance, which in this moment, still seems unstoppable. The Afrika
Korps, composed by several divisions, advance with strenght, determined to reach the Suez Canal, the oilfields of Middle Orient and even the Caucasus, where another war is already being fought. But none
of these objectives will be reached...
An American bomber Douglas Boston, acquired by England by means of the Loan and Lease law, is about to take off from an improvised runway in the desert.
A British Hawker Hurricane fighter hits a German Sdkfz 222 reconnaissance vehicle. In
El Alamein, the luck of the Afrika Korps, exhausted because of the distance to their supply basses,
turned down. The British army adopted flexible tactics to ensure that Rommel's troops could not reach
the port of Alexandria, where the Germans would have the chance to resupply their ranks.
An Italian 75 mm artillery piece, covered by a masking, fires against the British units attacking
in the area of Sirte.
An Italian Fiat 14/35 machine gun in an anti-aircraft position in the libyan region of Cirenaica.
The British offensive occupied practically all the Italian positions in Cirenaica; only the intervention
of the German Afrika Korps would turn the events.
A German tank destined to the Afrika Korps is unload from a transport ship belonging to a convoy just arrived to Tripoli. The Afrika Korps led by Erwin Rommel had been organized in September 1939, in the
accurate forecasting of a war in Africa.
This propaganda photograph pubished in Signal Magazine depicts a heroical representation of the symbol
of victory in front of a Messerschmitt Me Bf 109 from a fighter wing, honouring the hard air war
over North Africa.
Motorcycles equipped with sidecar and machine gun were widely used by the German
messengers along the various war fronts.