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Battle of Gazala, 1942 animated battle map

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By Mark Cannon

This animation includes sound.

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(Ensure you hit F5 or View Show)
Erwin Rommel versus Neal Ritchie: An Axis army under Rommel concentrates its tanks in a wide flanking maneuver against a British army under Ritchie. With his tanks dispersed, how will Ritchie prevent Rommel’s powerful attack from encircling the British army?

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  1. 4 Comments to “Battle of Gazala, 1942 animated battle map”

  2. Decent animation, but waaaaaaay too much editorializing. You really need to avoid all the “this was a mistake”, “that was a crucial mistake”, “this was Chruchill at his worst”. It’s ok to go into something like Ritchie not taking charge or the British counterattacks being uncoordinated, but it’s not your job as the animator to critique every decision made in the battle.

    The sound effects were a nice touch, you did an excellent job of organizing the units and making clear what was happening with their movements. Just cut down on the editorializing and your animations will be a lot better.

    By Brian on Jan 11, 2013 at 5:29 am

  3. Excellent development of your Power Point format. More informative, easier to visualize and more exciting. This will enable you to animate some battles that needed this more flexible and wider format, such as Kadesh.

    By Zeabed on Jan 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  4. Zeabed: Please note that this animation was created entirely by Mark Cannon, and all compliments must go to him. Mark is a recent contributor, who will be sharing a few more of his North African Campaign animations in future.

    By Jonathan Webb on Jan 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm

  5. Duly noted Jonathan, but your creation and stewardship of this site is also worthy of accolades from those interested in the visual aspects of military history. My congratulations too, of course, to Mark Cannon.

    By Zeabed on Feb 2, 2013 at 3:17 am

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