List of North African Campaign battles

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This is a listing of World War II battles occurring Northern Africa and is sometimes known as the "Desert War". This includes the campaigns in Egypt and Libya (often referred to as the Western Desert Campaign or the Egypt-Libya Campaign) and those campaigns in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia (usually referred to as the North African Campaign. This is not a comprehensive list of all engagements and generally does not cover isolated skirmishes of units smaller than a Company in size.

This is part of the more comprehensive List of World War II Battles.

1940[edit]

1941[edit]

1942[edit]

  • Operation Crusader continued
    • January 2: Battle of Bardia
    • January 12: Third Battle of Sollum
  • Rommel's Second Offensive
    • January 21: Second Battle of El Agheila
    • January 23: Second Battle of Cyrenaica Line[7]
    • January 28: Second Battle of Benghazi[7]
  • Battle of Gazala[8]
    • May 27: Battle of Retma Box[7]
    • The Cauldron''[7]
      • May 27 – June 12: Battle of El Adem
      • May 28- June 10: Battle of Bir Hakeim[7]
      • May 31: Battle of 150th Brigade Box[7]
      • June 13: Battle of Knightsbridge[7]
    • June 15: Battle of Point 650
    • June 20: Fall of Tobruk[7]
  • First Battle of El Alamein
    • June 26–28: Battle of Mersa Matruh
    • June 28: Battle of Fuka
    • June 30: Battle of the El Alamein Box
    • July 1–2: First Battle of the Coast Road
    • July 1: Battle of Deir el Shein
    • July 2: First Battle of Ruweisat Ridge
    • July 3–5: Battle of the Qattara box (Also known as Battle of the Kaponga box)
    • July 10: First Battle of Tel el Eisa
    • July 14: Second Battle of Ruweisat Ridge
    • July 14: Second Battle of Tel el Eisa
    • July 22: Third Battle of Ruweisat Ridge
    • July 27: Third Battle of Tel el Eisa
    • July 27: Battle of Miteiriya Ridge
  • August 30 – September 2: Battle of Alam el Halfa[7]
  • September 2: Battle of Himeimat[7]
  • Second Battle of El Alamein[9]
    • October 23–28: Operation Lightfoot
      • October 23–25: Battle of the Oxalic Line
      • October 23: Fourth Battle of Ruweisat Ridge
      • October 24–26: Battle of Kidney Ridge
      • October 25: Fourth Battle of Tell el Eisa
      • October 25–26: Battle of Point 29
    • October 26–28: The German Counter Attack
      • October 27: Battle of Position Snipe
      • October 28 - November 1: Battle of Thompson's Post
    • November 1–2: Operation Supercharge
      • November 2: Battle of Tell el Aqqaqir
      • November 2–4: Battle of Sidi Abdel Rahman
      • November 2: Battle of Himeimat[7]
  • Operation Torch[2]
  • Eighth Army Offensive
    • November 7: Battle of Marsa Matruh
    • November 9: Battle of Sidi Barrani
    • November 9: Third Battle of Halfaya Pass
    • November 13:Battle of Agedabia
    • November 13: Third Battle of Torbuk
    • November 17 - Nov. 26: Battle of Djebel Abiod
    • November 20: Second Battle of Bengahzi
    • December 12: Second Battle of the Coast Road
    • December14–16: Second Battle of El Agheila[7]
    • December 15: Battle of Wadi Zem Zem (or Buerat)[7]
    • December 25: Battle of Sirte
  • Tunisia Campaign
    • November 24: First Battle of Medjez
    • November 24: First Battle of Djedeida Airfield]
    • November 26: Battle of Djebel Abiod
    • November 27: Second Battle of Medjez
    • November 28: Second Battle of Djedeida Airfield
    • December 1: First Battle of Tebourba
    • December 16–17: Battle of Maknassy
    • December 22–23: Battle of Longstop Hill
    • December 22–25: Second Battle of Tebourba

1943[edit]

References[edit]

  • Long, Gavin (1961) [1952]. To Benghazi. Official History of Australia in the Second World War Series 1 (Army). I. Canberra: Australian War Memorial. 
  • Maughan, Barton (1966). Tobruk and El Alamein. Official History of Australia in the Second World War Series 1 (Army). III. Canberra: Australian War Memorial. 

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Battle of the Marmarica". Time Magazine. No. 23 December 1940. December 23, 1940. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b "War in North Africa 1940-1942"
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of the 7th Armored, List of Battles, 1941". Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. 
  4. ^ Playfair, V.II pg. 162
  5. ^ Rommel, pg. 137
  6. ^ Playfair, V. II pg. 163
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "History of the 7th Armored, List of Battles, 1942"
  8. ^ "Battle of Gazala"
  9. ^ "The Battle of El Alamein"
  10. ^ Playfair, V IV Map 31
  11. ^ Playfair, V IV Map 34
  12. ^ Playfair, V IV Pg 446