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El Alamein and the Struggle for North AfricaInternational Perspectives from the Twenty-first Century$
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Jill Edwards

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165818

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165818.001.0001

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Training the Troops: The Indian Army in Egypt, Eritrea, and Libya, 1940–42

Training the Troops: The Indian Army in Egypt, Eritrea, and Libya, 1940–42

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(p.31) 2 Training the Troops: The Indian Army in Egypt, Eritrea, and Libya, 1940–42
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El Alamein and the Struggle for North Africa
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Alan Jeffreys

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165818.003.0002

This chapter examines the ‘approach to battle,’ the battles and lessons learnt by the Indian Army formations in the North African and East African campaigns, concentrating mainly on the experience of 4th Indian Division. Discusses the stringent training programs which contributed to the fighting capacity of the Indian Army, the biggest volunteer army during the Second World War, and the exigencies of war which undermined them.

Keywords:   Battle of Sidi Barrani, Battle of Keren, Operation Battleaxe, General Claude Auchinleck, Operation Crusader, Major-General Francis Tuker, Training and instructional pamphlets

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