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  • WarMachine
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    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
    It might have been possible if the Germany had immediately on Italy's entry into the war placed a couple of motorized divisions supported by 88's and a battalion or two of tanks in Libya and overrun Egypt in mid 1940.
    The loss of Egypt and the Suez Canal quite possibly would have resulted in an Axis win in the Middle East.
    Do you know when and why this opportunity became unachievable?

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  • T. A. Gardner
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    It might have been possible if the Germany had immediately on Italy's entry into the war placed a couple of motorized divisions supported by 88's and a battalion or two of tanks in Libya and overrun Egypt in mid 1940.
    The loss of Egypt and the Suez Canal quite possibly would have resulted in an Axis win in the Middle East.

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  • Could the Axis Powers have won in the Mediterranean and North Africa?

    The perception I recieve of the Mediterranean and North African theatres is that they were for the Axis Powers seemingly impossible to win in or bring successfully to a conclution. This is particularly evident from the launching of Operation Barbarossa onwards.

    Geographically the Mediterranean sea was always heavily contested between the Axis navies (mainly that of Italy) and Allied navies (largely the British Royal Navy) even when all of Southern Europe was a member of, occupied by or influenced by the Axis. The strength and effectiveness of the opposing navies had a huge impact on the successful conduction of the Axis and Allied armies in North Africa. In this arena it was the Allies who had the numerical, technological and economical advantage whereas the Axis armies advanced just as much on the number of supply ships of essential fuels that managed to evade being sunk as on the number of supply vehicles that were not destroyed by Allied aircraft.

    After the launch of Barbarossa the Mediterranean and North African theatres became officially a second priority to the Axis, which was shown by the lack of supplies, attention and seriousness given to them.

    However, despite these inferiorities was it realistically possible before American economic power came into the scales for the Axis Powers to win in the theatres of the Mediterranean and North Africa during and including 1940-42?
    Last edited by WarMachine; 13 Sep 14, 14:09.

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