Operation Battleaxe 1941 | WW2 Documentary

Oct 2015
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Southport
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This is the most detailed and accurate account of Operation Battleaxe in video form. In the video, we cover the tank battle, the combat at the Halfaya Pass (which the British start to call the "Hellfire Pass" thanks to this battle) the units of the Afrika Korps and the Desert Rats, and learn the roles and fate of the commanders on both sides during this epic battle.

For those of you who don't know, Battleaxe is an incredibly important battle that has massive tactical and strategic implications for both sides of World War 2. Yet, few even mention it in their accounts of WW2, and the battle as a whole is not well documented. Hopefully, we've gone some way to change that today.

Let me know what you think :)

The script for this video was 10,450 words.
Length of video 1hr 6 minutes.

Sources:

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