World War, SOUTHERN THEATER: Ships on the Desert?

Last August, before the Italians made their initial, short-lived drive into Egypt, Britain's defense-minded military expert, Captain Basil Henry Liddell Hart, wrote some extremely interesting words about defending the Western Desert of Egypt. The narrow coastal route, he said, was badly exposed to naval bombardment and concentrated air attack, and badly confined by its escarpment parallel to the shore. That later proved true. But:

"South of it, in the interior, lies the vast desert expanse. It is a perfect barrier against the normal kind of force. But more danger might arise if an...

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