Australian troops approach a German-held strong point under the protection of a heavy smoke screen somewhere in the Western Desert, in Northern Africa on November 27, 1942. (AP Photo)

Australian troops approach a German-held strong point under the protection of a heavy smoke screen somewhere in the Western Desert, in Northern Africa on November 27, 1942. (AP Photo)

The most impressive feature of the Valentine was its reliability. The 23rd Armoured Brigades travelled thousands of miles across the desert during the fighting, making it a popular vehicle with tank crews used to the unreliable British cruiser tanks.   At the end of the North African campaign the 23rd Armoured Brigade converted from the Valentine to the Sherman, using the American tank during the fighting on Sicily and in Italy.

The most impressive feature of the Valentine was its reliability. The 23rd Armoured Brigades travelled thousands of miles across the desert during the fighting, making it a popular vehicle with tank crews used to the unreliable British cruiser tanks. At the end of the North African campaign the 23rd Armoured Brigade converted from the Valentine to the Sherman, using the American tank during the fighting on Sicily and in Italy.

Some of the 97 German prisoners captured by the British forces in Egypt in a raid on Tel El Eisa. September 1, 1942.

Some of the 97 German prisoners captured by the British forces in Egypt in a raid on Tel El Eisa. September 1, 1942.

2.WW, Theater of war, North African campaign (Feb41-Mai43): Tunesia : italian light artillery position. March 1943 - pin by Paolo Marzioli

2.WW, Theater of war, North African campaign (Feb41-Mai43): Tunesia : italian light artillery position. March 1943 - pin by Paolo Marzioli

One of the Bren gun carriers used by Australian light horse troops in Northern Africa, on January 7, 1941.

One of the Bren gun carriers used by Australian light horse troops in Northern Africa, on January 7, 1941.

Hans-Joachim Marseille (13 December 1919 – 30 September 1942; was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and flying ace during World War II. He is noted for his aerial battles during the North African Campaign and his bohemian lifestyle. One of the best fighter pilots of World War II, he was nicknamed the "Star of Africa".

Hans-Joachim Marseille (13 December 1919 – 30 September 1942; was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and flying ace during World War II. He is noted for his aerial battles during the North African Campaign and his bohemian lifestyle. One of the best fighter pilots of World War II, he was nicknamed the "Star of Africa".

North African Campaign. South African Boston bombers, WWII, pin by Paolo Marzioli

North African Campaign. South African Boston bombers, WWII, pin by Paolo Marzioli

WW2 Colourised Photos New Zealand Army Sergeant Ian Thomas smoking a pipe during the North African Campaign in Egypt 1942.  25th Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd NZEF.   (National Library of NZ Ref. DA-02581-F. Object #29771)

WW2 Colourised Photos New Zealand Army Sergeant Ian Thomas smoking a pipe during the North African Campaign in Egypt 1942. 25th Battalion, 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd NZEF. (National Library of NZ Ref. DA-02581-F. Object #29771)

21 April '41: Rommel awarded with the Italian Medal for bravery in silver. Few Panzer III Tropen in the foreground.

21 April '41: Rommel awarded with the Italian Medal for bravery in silver. Few Panzer III Tropen in the foreground.

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