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Alam Halfa and Alamein


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This volume and the preceding volume, Battle for Egypt by J. L. Scoullar, have been based mainly on the information contained in the official campaign narratives of the 2nd New Zealand Division, Middle East Force, prepared by the War History Branch (now the Historical Publications Branch) of the Department of Internal Affairs.

These narratives, covering the period January to November 1942, fill twenty volumes, eleven of which were written by R. Walker, seven by R. L. Kay, and two by W. D. Dawson. They are based on some 1083 war diaries kept by New Zealand units in the Middle East, together with such records as casualty lists, intelligence logs, censorship reports, strength statements, official cables and correspondence, and General Freyberg's diaries and papers. Also used were a large number of private diaries and accounts written by eyewitnesses, as well as material collected by units for their own unit histories.

Of particular value for information outside the sphere of the New Zealand Division have been the narratives prepared by Brigadier C. J. C. Molony and Lieutenant-Colonel M. E. S. Laws for the Historical Section of the United Kingdom Cabinet Office.


  • 9 Australian Division. Report on operations 23 October– 4 November 1942.

  • British Broadcasting Corporation news bulletins.

  • Eighth Army operation orders.

  • Falconer, Brigadier A. S. Report on operations, Abdin Palace, Cairo, 4–5 February 1942.

  • Freyberg, Lieutenant-General Sir B. Diary, 1942, and papers.

  • General Headquarters, Middle East Forces. Lessons from operations.

  • General Headquarters, Middle East Forces. Weekly intelligence summaries.

  • India, Government of, Historical Section. Notes on operations.

  • Italian General Staff Historical Section. Army reports.

  • Kesselring, Field Marshal A. ‘The War in the Mediterranean’ (translated by Air Ministry, United Kingdom).

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  • Middle East field censorship summaries.

  • Middle East war communiques.

  • Nehring, General W. ‘Der Feldzug in Afrika’, Union of South Africa War Histories translation.

  • New Zealand, Chief of the General Staff. Personal files and papers.

  • Panzer Army of Africa, Africa Corps, 15 and 21 Panzer Divisions. War diaries and appendices for 1942 (translated by Air Ministry, United Kingdom).

  • Report of Court of Inquiry on the encirclement of 10 Corps in the area Baggush-Matruh, June 1942, with notes by Lieutenant-General Sir B. Freyberg.

  • Union of South Africa. ‘Precis of Evidence 1941–1942’ (Agar Hamilton, J. A. I., and Turner, L. C. F.).

  • United Kingdom, Historical Section of the Cabinet Office. ‘Campaigns in the Middle East’, Narrative, Chapter K (Molony, C. J. C.); Chapters L–M (Laws, M. E. S.).

  • United Kingdom, Historical Branch Cabinet Office, Enemy Documents Section. ‘Axis Activities in Syria and Iraq, 1939–41’.

  • United States War Department, Washington. Translations (by W. D. Dawson) of documents held by the German Military Documents Section.

  • Weichold, Vice-Admiral E. ‘The War at Sea in the Mediterranean’. British Admiralty, 1947.


  • Admiralty, Naval Intelligence Division. Syria, Geographical Handbook Series (restricted). H.M. Stationery Office.

  • Agar-Hamilton, J. A. I., and Turner, L. C. F. Crisis in the Desert. Oxford University Press, London, 1952.

  • Aitken, A. Gallipoli to the Somme. O.U.P., London, 1963.

  • Alexander, Field Marshal Viscount. Despatch, The African Campaign from El Alamein to Tunis, 10 August 1942 to 13 May 1943. Supplement to The London Gazette, 3 February 1948.

  • Auchinleck, General Sir Claude. Despatch, Operations in the Middle East from 1 November 1941 to 15 August 1942. Supplement to The London Gazette, 13 January 1948.

  • Barclay, C. N. On Their Shoulders. Faber, London, 1964.

  • Barnett, Correlli. The Desert Generals. Kimber, London, 1960.

  • Bryant, A. The Turn of the Tide. Collins, London, 1957.

  • Carell, P. The Foxes of the Desert. Macdonald, London, 1960.

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  • Carver, M. El Alamein. Batsford, London, 1962.

  • Chaplin, H. D. The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. The Regimental History Committee, Maidstone [1959].

  • Churchill, W. S. The Second World War, Vol. IV. Cassell, Sydney, 1951.

  • Ciano, Count G. Ciano's Diary, 1939–43 (ed. Malcolm Muggeridge). Heinemann, London, 1947.

  • Ciano's Diplomatic Papers (ed. Malcolm Muggeridge). Odhams, London, 1948.

  • Clay, E. W. The Path of the 50th. Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1950.

  • Clifton, Brigadier G. H. The Happy Hunted. Cassell, London, 1952.

  • Connell, J., pseud. [John Henry Robertson]. Auchinleck. Cassell, London, 1959.

  • De Guingand, Major-General Sir F. Operation Victory. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1947.

  • De Guingand, Major-General Sir F. Generals at War. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1964.

  • Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War, Vols. I–III. War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1949, 1951 and 1963.

  • Fearnside, G. H. (Ed.) Bayonets Abroad. Waite and Bull, Sydney.

  • Glenn, J. G. Tobruk to Tarakan. Rigby, Adelaide, 1960.

  • Goodhart, D. (Ed.) The History of the 2/7 Australian Field Regiment. Rigby, Adelaide, 1952.

  • Hart, Captain B. H. Liddell (Ed.) The Rommel Papers. Collins, London, 1953.

  • Hart, Captain B. H. Liddell. The Tanks. The History of the Royal Tank Regiment and its Predecessors, 1914–45, Vol. II. Cassell, London, 1959.

  • Hastings, R. H. W. S. The Rifle Brigade in the Second World War. Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1950.

  • Hillson, N. Alexander of Tunis. Allen, London, 1952.

  • Horrocks, Lieutenant-General Sir B. A Full Life. Collins, London, 1960.

  • Jackett, G. (Ed.) Mud and Sand. 2/3 Pioneer Battalion Association, New South Wales.

  • Kay, R. L. Long Range Desert Group in the Mediterranean. New Zealand in the Second World War, Episodes and Studies series. War History Branch, Wellington, 1950.

  • Kerr, C. Tanks in the East. O.U.P., Melbourne, [1945].

  • Kippenberger, Major-General Sir H.Infantry Brigadier. O.U.P., London, 1949.

  • Martin, Colonel T. A. The Essex Regiment, 1929–50. Essex Regimental Association, Brentwood, 1952.

  • Masel, P. The Second 28th. 2/28th Battalion and 24th Anti-Tank Company Association, Perth, 1961.

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  • Mellenthin, F. W. von. Panzer Battles 1939–45. Cassell, London, 1955.

  • Montgomery, Field Marshal Sir B. El Alamein to the River Sangro. Hutchinson, London.

  • Montgomery, Field Marshal Viscount. Memoirs. Collins, London, 1958.

  • Moorehead, A. Montgomery. Hamish Hamilton, London, 1946.

  • Peniakoff, Lieutenant-Colonel V. Private Army. Cape, London, 1950.

  • Phillips, C. E. Lucas. Alamein. Heinemann, London, 1962.

  • Pitt, Barrie. 1918. The Last Act. Cassell, London, 1962.

  • Playfair, Major-General I. S. O., et al. The Mediterranean and Middle East, Vols. II and III. H.M.S.O., London, 1956.

  • Qureshi, Major M. I. The First Punjabis. The History of the First Punjab Regiment, 1759–1956. Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1958.

  • Reid, Lieutenant-Colonel H. M. The Turning Point. Collins, Auckland, 1944.

  • Richardson, W., and Freidin, S. (Eds.) The Fatal Decisions. M. Joseph, London, 1956.

  • Roskill, Captain S. W. The War at Sea, 1939–1945, Vols. I and II. H.M.S.O., 1954 and 1956.

  • Royal Air Force Middle East Review, No. 1. Headquarters Royal Air Force, Middle East.

  • Scoullar, Lieutenant-Colonel J. L.Battle for Egypt. Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War. War History Branch, Wellington, 1955.

  • Serle, R. P. (Ed.) The Second Twenty-Fourth. Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1963.

  • The Tiger Strikes. Published with the authority of the Government of India by the Director of Public Relations, 1941.

  • The Tiger Kills. The Story of the Indian Divisions in the North African Campaign. H.M.S.O., 1944.

  • Thompson, Wing Commander H. L. New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force, Vol. III. War History Branch, Wellington, 1959.

  • Tuker, Lieutenant-General Sir F. Approach to Battle. Cassell, London, 1963.

  • Wake, Major-General Sir H., and Deedes, Major W. F. (Eds.) Swift and Bold. The Story of the King's Royal Rifle Corps in the Second World War. Gale and Polden, Aldershot, 1949.

  • Young, D. Rommel. Collins, London, 1950.