[Lone Sentry: Artillery in the Desert]
[Lone Sentry: Photos, Articles, and Research on the European Theater in World War II]
Home Page | Site Map | What's New | Contact: info@lonesentry.com

Artillery in the Desert, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 6, November 1942
[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the wartime U.S. War Department publication. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


The United Nations forces in Libya principally come from all parts of the British Empire. The resulting heterogeneity presents difficulties in addition to those which are always a part of desert operations. However, the British have had more experience with desert fighting than most other powers.

In general, the British Imperial forces are organized in a manner that is similar to the U.S. Army. The one outstanding characteristic is the large amount of artillery present in the Libyan units. For detailed descriptions of the British organizations in Libya, reference may be made to other publications of the Military Intelligence Service.6

6 See "The Libyan Campaign, November 1941 to January 1942," Campaign Study No. 1, August 25, 1942, pp. 35-38; "The British Capture of Bardia (December 1941-January 1942) A Successful Infantry-Tank Attack," Information Bulletin No. 21, July 25, 1942, pp. 33-40; "The Battle of the Omars," Information Bulletin No. 11, April 15, 1942, p. 2; "The Battle of Salum," Special Bulletin No. 36, November 17, 1941, pp. 8-11.

[Back to Table of Contents] Back to Table of Contents