North African campaign timeline

This is a timeline of the North African campaign.

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•May 1940 — Army of Africa (France) — 14 regiments of zouaves, 42 regiments of Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan tirailleurs, 12 regiments and demi-brigades of the Foreign Legion and 13 battalions of African Light Infantry were serving on all fronts.[1]

  • 10 June: The Kingdom of Italy declares war upon France and the United Kingdom[2]
  • 14 June: British forces cross from Egypt into Libya and capture Fort Capuzzo[3]
  • 16 June: The first tank battle of the North African campaign takes place, the “Engagement at Nezuet Ghirba[3]
  • •July 1940: British navy shells French warships in the port of Oran to keep them out of German hands
  • 13 September: Italian forces invade Egypt from Libya
  • 16 September: Italian forces establish front east of Sidi Barrani
  • 9 December: British and Indian forces launch Operation Compass with the Battle of Marmarica (Battle of the camps)
  • 9 December: Indian forces capture Nibeiwa with cover from British artillery
  • 9 December: British tanks and Indian troops overrun Tummar West followed by Tummar East
  • 10 December: Indian forces capture Sidi Barrani with support from British artillery
  • 11 December: British armoured forces arrived in Sofafi but Libyan and Italian divisions escaped
  • 16 December: Sollum retaken by Allies

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