British 8th army

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History of the British 8th army 1941-1945.

The 8th Army was one of the best-known formations in World War II, fighting in the North African and Italian campaigns. Its personnel came from throughout the British Empire and Commonwealth. Subordinate units came from Australia, British India, Canada, Free French Forces, Greece, New Zealand, Poland, Rhodesia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The Eighth Army was formed from the Western Desert Force in September 1941 and put under the command of Lieutenant-General Sir Alan Cunningham. It got its number from the fact that the French had fielded seven armies previously in the same war, the British had fielded the British Expeditionary Force.

The 8th army fought valiantly from the dunes of Libya and Egypt to the Tunisian hills from 1941-43. The army also played major role in Italian campaign and the army remained in Italy for the rest of the war 1943-45.

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Emblem of the British 8th Army