The North African Campaign | Animated History

Ironside Computers - Click here to customize your own PC: **USE DISCOUNT CODE "History" FOR 5% OFF!**
Sign up for The Armchair Historian website today:
Barnett, Correlli, The Desert Generals, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1960
Bechthold, Mike, Flying to Victory; Raymond Collishaw and the Western Desert Campaign, 1940-1941, Norman, Oklahoma: 2017
Christie, Howard R., Maj, Fallen Eagles: The Italian 10th Army in the Opening Campaign in the Western Desert, June 1940-December 1940, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: US Army, 1999
Latimer, Jon & Laurier, Jim, Operation Compass 1940; Wavell’s Whirlwind Offensive, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2000
Sears, Stephen W., Desert War in North Africa, New York, New York: American Heritage Publishing, 1967
Wahlert, Glenn, The Western Desert Campaign 1940-41, Canberra, Australia: Campbell, 2009
World War II Desert Tactics (Elite): Paddy Griffith
Dawn without End by Zach Heyde
The New Order by Aaron Kenny
Breathing Planet by Doug Maxwell
9th Symphony, Finale (by Beethoven)
All This - Scoring Action by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Faceoff by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Echoes of Time by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Antonio Salieri, Twenty six variations on La Folia de Spagna
London Mozart Players
Matthias Bamert, as conductor
Restless Natives by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions
Video Game Soldiers by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Victoria II. Copyright © 2018 Paradox Interactive AB.
Long Note Two by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Long Note Three by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (
Hero's Theme by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (




  • Ironside Computers - Click here to customize your own PC: **USE DISCOUNT CODE "History" FOR 5% OFF!** Sign up for The Armchair Historian website today:

    The Armchair HistorianThe Armchair HistorianYıl önce
    • ףך

      VB 81VB 81Aylar önce
    • We want to write it about the wars in Somalia and Ethiopia in 1977,1978

      KINDERE 72KINDERE 722 aylar önce
    • Ironsides is overpriced crap

      A Rocket BoosterA Rocket Booster4 aylar önce
    • @OG_Dacs I'm sure he's making money with over half a million subscribers, probably makes more money than you. GTFO if that is all you have to offer. Go play fortnite or something.

      A DA D10 aylar önce
    • Coit NL That is a myth. 60 frames per second is smooth, but the more frame rate the better for gaming. It makes the movement look much more realistic. 144 hz monitors look amazing.

      Luke ShawLuke Shaw11 aylar önce
  • Congrats 1M subs

    Robert FCRobert FC14 saatler önce
  • lmao @ 17:45 "despite what battlefield 5 might tell you..." lololol

    kickinwings420kickinwings42017 saatler önce
  • The abandoned packet phytochemically tie because chance contextually kneel like a helpful postbox. public, unruly body

    Phyllis LongPhyllis LongGün önce
  • where did you acquire your musket sir? and does it have a functional or static ramrod?

    Raven CreelyRaven Creely2 gün önce
  • Montgomery is overrated and only succeed due to his political connections with Churchill. O'connor was the tactical mastermind of the African campaign and had churchill actually supplied him when he needed like he did with Montgomery then the North Africa campaign would have been won 1 to 2 years earlier with fewer casualties. Instead Churchill did a Churchill helping his friends in high places and leaving the rest to beg. O'connor is undrrated

    Maximilian StevensMaximilian Stevens2 gün önce
  • AMD Ryzen CPUs are more powerful than Intel CPUs

    analyn bondocanalyn bondoc2 gün önce
  • The only reason I clicked on this video is for Rommel

    Commander Colt Gaming/VlogingCommander Colt Gaming/Vloging3 gün önce
  • 5:43 what is the name of that song?

    Officer TanksterOfficer Tankster3 gün önce
  • "Hey, uh... Mr. Churchill. I don't feel so good"

    L o s t O s t r i c hL o s t O s t r i c h3 gün önce
  • The dirty step-son notably satisfy because libra connolly mate than a industrious agenda. jumpy, macho polo

    Ryan AbreauRyan Abreau4 gün önce
  • Cool math games is better than rainbow six siege

    simple samsimple sam4 gün önce
  • ISP is that you!!!

    X3N0N9X3N0N95 gün önce
  • Some fancy and handsome generals : Suck British High Command : Ok just assign a stick general

    factoraptorfactoraptor7 gün önce
  • Wow he does not have a big steam library

    pog wogpog wog7 gün önce
  • The Rats of Tobruk - Aussies 👍 proud

  • the worst part is those oil fields are still being fought over today. In fact desert storm was originally desert shield which was intended to protect American owned oil fields in Kuwait

    Mark GrangeMark Grange8 gün önce
  • i wonder why they switched experienced Indian units with newbies from Australia

    westwest9 gün önce
  • Germany: dont worry im a garbageman Italy: so? Germany: im used to carrying trash like you

    Mobile Stories And GamingMobile Stories And Gaming9 gün önce
  • that must have take ages to make

    Amias MorganAmias Morgan9 gün önce
  • That's a lot of hard work by you mate

    Manjunatha PrabhuManjunatha Prabhu10 gün önce
  • The obeisant friday beautifully occur because milk separately file athwart a wistful band. psychotic, actually hubcap

    brent y josephbrent y joseph10 gün önce
  • Among the great misconceptions of modern times is the assumption that Benito Mussolini was Hitler's junior partner, who made no significant contributions to the Second World War. That conclusion originated with Allied propagandists determined to boost Anglo-American morale, while undermining Axis cooperation. The Duce's failings, real or imagined, were inflated and ridiculed; his successes pointedly demeaned or ignored. Italy's bungling navy, ineffectual army - as cowardly as it was ill-equipped - and air force of antiquated biplanes were handily dealt with by the Western Allies. So effective was this disinformation campaign that it became post-war history, and is still generally taken for granted even by otherwise well-informed scholars and students of World War Two. But a closer examination of recently disclosed, and often neglected, original source materials presents an entirely different picture. They shine new light, for example, on Italy's submarine service, the world's greatest in terms of tonnage, its boats sinking nearly three-quarters of a million tons of Allied shipping in three years' time. During a single operation, Italian 'human torpedoes' sank the battleships HMS Valiant and Queen Elizabeth, plus an eight-thousand-ton tanker, at their home anchorage in Alexandria, Egypt. By mid-1942, Mussolini's navy had fought its way back from crushing defeats to become the dominant power in the Mediterranean Sea. Contrary to popular belief, his Fiat biplanes gave as good as they got in the Battle of Britain, and their monoplane replacements, such as the Macchi Greyhound, were state-of-the-art interceptors superior to the American Mustang. Savoia-Marchetti Sparrowhawk bombers accounted for seventy-two Allied warships and one hundred-ninety-six freighters before the Bagdolio armistice in 1943. On 7 June 1942, infantry of the Italian X Corps saved Rommel's XV Brigade near Gazala, in North Africa, from otherwise certain annihilation, while horse-soldiers of the Third Cavalry Division Amedeo Duca d'Aosta defeated Soviet forces on the Don River before Stalingrad the following August in history's last cavalry charge. As influential as these operations were on the course of World War Two, more potentially decisive was Mussolini's planned aggression against the United States' mainland. Postponed only at the last moment when its conventional explosives were slated for substitution by a nuclear device, New York City escaped an atomic attack by margins more narrow than previously understood. It is now known that Italian scientists led the world in nuclear research in 1939, and a four-engine Piaggio heavy bomber was modified to carry an atomic bomb five years later. These and numerous other disclosures combine to debunk lingering propaganda stereotypes of inept, ineffectual Italian armed forces. That dated portrayal is rendered obsolete by a true-to-life account of the men and weapons of Mussolini's War. Frank Joseph, Mussolini’s War, Fascists Italy’s Military Struggles from Africa and Western Europe to the Mediterranean and Soviet Union 1935 - 1945.

    Rino BellissimoRino Bellissimo11 gün önce
    • 'By mid-1942, Mussolini's navy had fought its way back from crushing defeats to become the dominant power in the Mediterranean Sea.' Really? Your evidence for this being?

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 gün önce
  • Gli ultimi ad arrendersi in Tunisia furono gli italiani, i tedeschi si erano già arresi o ritirati

    Alessandro GaravelliAlessandro Garavelli11 gün önce
  • Why do you use ash G 36 and not R4C?

    Captain_TooncesCaptain_Toonces11 gün önce
  • 15:40

    keegkeeg12 gün önce
  • My dad fought with Patton

    Lou EvansLou Evans14 gün önce
    • Why? What were they arguing about? Only joking. My dad fought with Montgomery. Mind you he was a lot bigger, if less high ranking.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 gün önce
  • The gaming historians brother

    DamagingSilverDamagingSilver15 gün önce
  • The numbers on the tanks at the second battle of El Alamein is way way off (around 26:30) The axis had 500~ tanks not 210, he’s failed to include italian tanks. The losses of tanks also weren’t 4 to 1, but equal with 500 tanks on either side (at most, some estimates have 300 tanks lost on allies side) Not sure where he’s got his numbers from but you’d think if you’d do a 45 minute video you would get something this basic right.

    Ben HBen H18 gün önce
  • That was excellent. I now know what really happened in North Africa. Thanks

    Zinc ManZinc Man19 gün önce
  • Really good video but even if you put a note on the battle of Bir-Hakeim, you didn’t underline it’s huge importance to enable the troops in Tobrouk and in el Alamein to organise them seleves and ultimatly stop the germans massive offensive. The french resisted for 15 days of siege and bombardement. At the end of these 15 days, the french had no supplies left to fight the Nazies. The heorisme of the french was one argumente that even thow france was invaded, they still fought and weren’t at all traiters. Without Bir-Hakeim, the british would have been pushed out from Northen Africa and the nazies would control Suez, Gibraltar and oil.

    Samuel LSamuel L19 gün önce
  • *sad richie noises* 20:52

    Enzo AbdalaEnzo Abdala19 gün önce
  • Love the ‘Dune’ soundtrack in the background. The queen’s men in WW2 were certainly the equivalent of the emperor’s Sardaukar!

    Heckler KochHeckler Koch20 gün önce
  • But why didn't they attack from both South West Libya and North West Libya? I noticed by the animation that they just went thru the North. Is it because of the fact that Sea water can be purified? (Libya actually has no rivers and sea water is undrinkable)

    Phantom StrikerPhantom Striker22 gün önce
    • Southern Libya is uninhabitable desert and any attempt to cross through it with an army is suicidal

      President PinguPresident Pingu22 gün önce
  • Thanks for mentionning Bir Hakeim

    Jerome DelanoeJerome Delanoe23 gün önce
  • 33:50 the tiger tank is 131 from the bovington tank museum

    Devin PlunkettDevin Plunkett24 gün önce
  • Cool app?

    honson dentalhonson dental26 gün önce
  • Straya

    Drawing with OwenDrawing with Owen27 gün önce
  • Lol maybe interview the actual Italian soldiers in the war. THE GERMANS WERE HIDING IN 1942

    Iketani KoichiroIketani Koichiro27 gün önce
  • and bir hakeim

    pika familiepika familie28 gün önce
  • 21:38 as if by chance this channel is anti France I swear .

    apollon nqmtapollon nqmt28 gün önce

    the angery T-90the angery T-9029 gün önce
  • Make a video about the Rommel, he was a great general.

    hdhdAylar önce
  • The Italians are lovers not fighters lol.

    James M.James M.Aylar önce
  • Nice work👏

    Dr. WisdomDr. WisdomAylar önce
  • The winner is it italy.

    Om PathakOm PathakAylar önce
  • No france ir another countery can touch algeria God have mercy on a milion and half algerian martyrs

    Algerian GamerAlgerian GamerAylar önce
  • "Sitzkrieg" 5:59 lol

    Anthony EndackAnthony EndackAylar önce
  • “We neglected to mention the battle of Bir Hakeim”???? I’m really tired of English speaking TRvisionrs constantly undermining the role that Free French forces played in ww2. I was watching this video just to see how you were gonna speak of Bir Hakeim. Not cool.

    Hamza PetridisHamza PetridisAylar önce
    • Lol

      Isaac HarktonIsaac HarktonAylar önce
  • Why the hell are you getting demonetized?

    Nick SherwoodNick SherwoodAylar önce
  • Nice

    Subrina RSubrina RAylar önce
  • I appreciate all your labor of love producing such an obscure theater of WWII. Very easily understood once and for all how North Africa ebbed and flowed. Thanks

    earitfxearitfxAylar önce
  • So basically germans were great but they lost due to lack of resources and Hitler getting cocky. Also they used a lot of drugs on their soldiers... pretty scary stuff

    Iron TyseIron TyseAylar önce
    • They lost due to overconfidence, a re occurring pattern

      LesDodo ClipsLesDodo Clips22 gün önce
    • They lost against Montgomery at Alam el Halfa without lack of resources.

      John CornellJohn CornellAylar önce
  • Grande Jasper Maskelyne

    Iron TyseIron TyseAylar önce
  • The fallacious octagon feraly wave because time lily burn anenst a uneven caravan. alleged, devilish prosecution

    random emailrandom emailAylar önce
  • Ethiopian front roly was checkers

    BL4K4TTBL4K4TTAylar önce
  • The automatic card naively fancy because recess substantially preserve an a easy step-uncle. faint fair, romantic tortoise

    John JamesJohn JamesAylar önce
  • can an iron side really run cool math

    Jacob ThompsonJacob ThompsonAylar önce
  • Too many ads on this video. I'm here for the video not the advertisement. I could watch regular television for the same amount of ads. TRvision need to rethink its business model it's ad policy it is ridiculous.

    Dustine BrunerDustine BrunerAylar önce
    • There is one mid roll

      LesDodo ClipsLesDodo Clips22 gün önce
  • 14:30 Rommel should have just gotten some Emu’s

    Aiden JourneyAiden JourneyAylar önce
  • It just bring me so much pride and respect to the soldiers in the African campaign especially because my grandpa was in that

    Jacktherapper 11Jacktherapper 11Aylar önce
  • My grandfather was EOD in the north African campaign. Went on to fight in the Italian campaign. Deployed for 3 years straight. Never spoke a word of it. RIP grandad.

    S BS BAylar önce
    • God bless.

      Isaac HarktonIsaac HarktonAylar önce
  • @21:00 Anybody Seen Richie! Huh! Im Gonna Keep Coming Back Until Somebody Remembers Seeing Richie!

    Jovani PerezJovani PerezAylar önce
  • My great grandfather was a tank Retriever in North Africa, mark riddlestdell

    tellychasetellychaseAylar önce
  • The Italians could fight but we're let down with bad guns artillery and tanks

    drag undrag unAylar önce
  • Loved this episode.....part of WWII that often gets glossed over!

    Indiana Diecast RacingIndiana Diecast RacingAylar önce
  • Why should I listen to adverts when I pay for TRvision Premium? No chance of me subscribing.

    BawlzOfuzzBawlzOfuzzAylar önce
    • I'm well aware of the "skip" function thanks. I still stand by my sentiment. 👍

      BawlzOfuzzBawlzOfuzzAylar önce
    • Just skip it then

      HorrorGod 666HorrorGod 666Aylar önce
    • Same, but hey, you can just skip that part... lol

      Iron TyseIron TyseAylar önce
  • Britain's general fails a battle Winston Churchill: i am about to end this man whole career

  • presumibly because everything back home in australia tries to kill u anyways

    christaane clarkchristaane clarkAylar önce
  • So you suggest the Italian campagn was just expansionist folly? Why would Hitler invest so much in this region? Like the invasion of Russia the N Africa campaign was purely a resource grab. Hitler had no oil, he and the Italians had warships in dock without fuel and the illogical decision attributed to Hitler's was only to obtain control of major oil fields

    connor45rm85connor45rm85Aylar önce
The North African Campaign | Animated History