Campaigns, Battles and Events of the Desert War, 1940–1943

  • 10 June 1940 - Italy declares War on France and Britain
  • September 1940 - Italian offensive from Libya against Egypt
  • December 1940 - Successful British counter-offensive
  • January 1941 - Tobruk taken by British troops
  • February 1941 - Benghasi taken by British troops
  • March/April 1941 - Recapture of the Cyrenaika with the exception of Tobruk
  • 19/20 April 1941 - Raid on Bardia by #7 Commando
  • April 1941 - German Siege of Tobruk
  • November 1941 - Operation Crusader to relieve Tobruk
  • 29 January 1942 – Benghasi taken by Axis troops
  • 7 February 1942 – El Gazala taken by Axis troops. Tobruk surrenders.
  • 28 June 1942 – Marsa Matruk taken by Axis troops.
  • 30 June 1942 – Axis advance halted in front of El Alamein
  • October/November 1942 – British counter-offensive captures the Cyrenaika
  • November 1942 – Operation Torch, Allied troops land in Morocco and Algeria
  • 12 November 1942 – Ceasefire between French and Allied troops in North Africa
  • November 1942 – German and Italian forces land in Tunisia
  • November 1942 – German forces occupy Vichy-France
  • 27 November 1942 – German troops take Toulon, the French Navy sinks its ships
  • 17 February - 29 March 1943 - The Mareth Line, Tunisia
  • 15 May 1943 - Heeresgruppe Afrika capitulates in Tunisia

Somaliland, Eritrea, Ethiopia

  • British and French Somaliland captured by Italian troops
  • 6 April 1941 - Addis Abeba taken by British troops
  • May 1941 - Capture of the Amba Alagi stronghold by #51 ME Commando
  • 16 May 1941 - Italian forces in Ethiopia capitulate

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