Episode 3: The Invasion of North Africa
With Britain standing alone, Churchill realises maintaining control of the vital oil supply line through the Suez Canal is critical to his nation’s hopes. British forces swat aside an Italian attack into Egypt but when Hitler sends men to North Africa, it’s a different matter. General Rommel’s Afrika Corps is small but well equipped and expertly led and soon drives the British back. After the fall of the strategically important port of Tobruk, Rommel only has the defensive line at El Alamein left to cross. With the situation looking critical, Churchill persuades the United States to send men and machinery to the fight. Britain’s General Montgomery drives Rommel back from El Alamein but that is only the beginning; America’s rookie troops make landfall in North Africa and join the fight.