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Desert Prelude: Early Clashes
Håkan
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Hello,

Mine and Ludovico Slongo's new book is finally available from the publisher, MMP, at: http://mmpbooks.biz/mmp/books.php?book_id=119. It will also be available from amazon in a week or so.

From the backside of the cover:
"The campaign in North Africa in 1940, between Italian and Commonwealth forces, has been little studied or written about. In this the first of two volumes, the air war from June to November of 1940 is described, along the associated ground and naval campaigns. For the British and allied forces this was a minor campaign, involving mostly aircraft types considered obsolete elsewhere, and this was the last major aerial battlefield between biplane fighters. Nonetheless on both the Italian and British side the top aces of WW2 made their mark, Teresio Martinoli and Thomas 'Pat' Pattle respectively.
Profusely illustrated with many rare photos, plus maps and colour profiles, these books are a tribute to those who fought in a forgotten, but significant campaign. Volume 2, Desert Prelude - Operation Compass", will complete the story."

The book has 228 pages in A4 format and the index covers more than 1200 names (more than 700 Italian and 450 Commonwealth).
A sample page is available from the publisher at: http://stratusbooks.com.pl/str/books_pdf/119.pdf


Best wishes/Håkan

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Thank you for the heads-up. If this book is anything like your (and Ludovico's) Osprey edition, it should be a great read. Look forward to adding this book to the Stormo collection.

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Håkan
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Hello Vince,

Thanks for the kind words on the Osprey book. In fact (in my own humble opinion) Desert Prelude is much better since we didn't have any size restrictions when we wrote it, i.e. we have been able to make it very detailed on a day-to-day basis. This is the reason why it has been split into two parts of 228 pages each.

Best wishes/Håkan

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