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The Battle of Gazala (Arabic: معركة عين الغزالة) was an important battle of the North African campaign of World War II. Fought in 1942 in Libya, the battle saw the German Afrika Korps locked in combat against the British Army. This map appears in Battlefield 1942.

Description[]

"Though Operation Battleaxe depleted Allied resources and exhausted the troops, Churchill has decided to follow up with an immediate offensive, named Operation Crusader. Knowing that the Germans are in similar shape, if not worse, Churchill is confident that this attack will take the Desert Fox and his Afrika Korps by complete surprise. Allied forces will secure the Halfaya Pass and then push onward toward Capuzzo and Gabr Saleh to attack Rommel's divisions while they are recovering from the previous battle.

As part of the operation, Allied command has ordered the fortification of the Gazala lines. With canyons acting as strategic choke points, the Allies should be able to defend this terrain against the German armored units. At the point known as Knightsbridge, a unit stands guard while landmines are being placed. It is imperative that the Allies hold this position or the enemy will gain a major advantage in the desert war."

— British Map Briefing

"Rommel's forces are moving swiftly through the desert and capturing a number of key positions. Though the Allies still cling to Tobruk, it's only a matter of time before that strategic city falls to the Afrika Korps. It is clear that the Allies are now preparing for a major offensive along the Gazala lines. Intelligence reports indicate that the British commanders are confident about their positions along the Halfaya Pass and in Sollum. Rommel is pleased to let them think that, while he plots their annihilation in the desert.

German command has ordered an immediate strike on the Gazala lines. One of the main objectives of the battle is to secure the point known as Knightsbridge. Once that position is taken, the Panzer Divisions will have a clear path to Tobruk. Soon Berlin will have control of the valuable desert supply lines to the Middle East."

Conquest[]

"By controlling at least half of the outposts we can force the Germans to fight on our terms. If we can do that we will have won."

— British Objectives Briefing

"Our main objective is to hold at least half of the outposts. If we can do that, the British will be forced to surrender."

— German Objectives Briefing

A desert battle, the map is dominated by sand, rocky hills and deep canyons. Each of the German and British forces are provided an uncapturable and capturable bases. Between these are 2 capturable points. In the far North West of the map is a desolate airbase, complete with two Spitfires and a B-17, that is open for either team to use; however, the British Forces have easier access to this than the Germans, due to the distances of their respective bases.

Due to the many canyons and choke points, armor has very little use compared to maps like Operation Aberdeen.

Equipment[]

British Army
Light vehicle(s)

Willys MB

Light tank(s)

M4 Sherman

Armored personnel carrier(s)

M3 Half-track

Self Propelled Artillery

Priest

Fixed-wing aircraft

Spitfire

Emplacement(s)

M2 Browning
40mm Bofors

Afrika Korp
Light vehicle(s)

Kubelwagen

Light tank(s)

Panzer IV

Armored personnel carrier(s)

Hanomag

Self Propelled Artillery

Wespe

Fixed-wing aircraft

Bf 109

Emplacement(s)

Flak 38
MG42


Bases[]

British Airfield[]

The British spawn point is similar to the Germans', who have two spawn points.

The first spawn point is mostly for vehicles, with three M4 Sherman tanks, two Willy WBs and a mobile artillery. Two vehicle repair stations are located on opposite sides of the base.

The second is an airfield. It spawns three Spitfires (compared to two Bf-109s and Stukas)

Capuzzo[]

Capuzzo is the flag held by the British at the start located in the canyons. The town itself similar to Dabir Base, in that it is an open square, vulnerable to enemy bombing and artillery. A repair station is available near the flag. Out of the seven buildings, only two are accessible, with one of these buildings having an accessible rooftop that can be used to provide sniper cover for the surrounding flags. To the south is the narrow canyon to the Frontline Bunker flag. An ammunition crate is located in the bunker on the hill next to the M4 Sherman. Note that they're close enough so that the tank is resupplied.

Gabr Saleh[]

The Gabr Saleh flag is closer to the British base than the Germans'. Compared to the Frontline Bunker base, this base spawns two Light tanks, giving the team who captures it an advantage over the other team if fighting for the canyon. The layout includes three buildings with two of them being the same model. Though the buildings provide cover against air-raids and other types of attacks, the road is rather narrow and can be laced with explosives. Two AA emplacements spawn here.

Frontline Bunker[]

The Frontline bunker flag is the flag located in the L shaped flag position south of Capuzzo Flag, the layout is a small hill with two building (a small building and an auto repairing station, though it doesn't spawn any vehicles or emplacements. It has an auto repair building that can refit and repair vehicles that have low health or no ammunition.

Dabir[]

Akin to how the British hold Capuzzo at the start, the Germans start with the Dabir base located in the canyons. Also similar to Capuzzo, the base is a small town with seven small houses; however, only two are accessible. A repair station for vehicles to repair and re-arm is located right next to the flagpole. An ammunition crate is located near the Panzer IV spawn next to the accessible house across the street from the repair station and a medical cabinet is in the house next to the repair station at the doorway. 

German Airfield[]

There are two spawns at the German Airfield.

The first spawn is a tank spawn. The base spawns four Panzer IVs, two Kubelwagens and a Halftrack. A repair vehicle station is located at the Panzer IV closest to the base. A medical cabinet can be found in the building on the hill near the factory. 

The airfield spawn spawns aircraft close by. The hangar will auto-repair and resupply any damaged or underarmed aircraft inside it. Two Bf-109s and a Ju-87 Stuka spawn here.

Others[]

There is an airfield at the northwest of the map, complete with buildings and a sandbag structure. It spawns two Spitfires, a B-17 and an Allied AA gun. It has no control point (and hence no spawn point), but there are two ammo boxes and a medic box.

Capture the Flag[]

Capuzzo and Dabir each have one light tank and one artillery vehicle removed, while the Frontline Bunker control point has been completely removed. The B-17 has also been removed from the airfield in the northwest.

The flags to be captured are located at the airfields of each faction.

Team Deathmatch[]

The control point and vehicle layouts are identical to Conquest.

Outcomes[]

"Churchill's intuition was right. The attack surprised the enemy, but victory did not come easily. The combined British and New Zealand forces sent Rommel scurrying in retreat. Many British tanks, however, were disabled, and many men were killed while holding on to the Knightsbridge choke point. The Germans retreated with a large portion of their army intact. It's likely that the Allies will meet these same forces again at Tobruk."

— British Victory

"It was a chilling defeat for Allied Forces. Operation Crusader was meant to surprise Rommel while his Korps recovered from previous battles. However, it looked as if the German divisions were well-rested and well-supplied against the Allied troops. If Rommel continues to win these desert battles, Berlin will soon gain control of the supply lines that the Axis needs to fuel the European campaign."

— British Defeat

"This victory will please Axis headquarters very much, but not as much as when German tanks roll into Tobruk. The Allies are fleeing from the Gazala lines, and it is certain that the next great German victory will occur at Tobruk. When that city is overrun, the Third Reich will control the war in North Africa. Resources from the Middle East will then be used to fuel the war effort throughout Europe."

— German Victory

"Berlin will be extremely disappointed by this defeat. The only way to avenge it is for the Afrika Korps to storm forward into Tobruk. It's time to end the siege on that city and take it for the Fatherland once and for all. Rommel's troops are exhausted from the ongoing battle, and he's running out of fuel for his armored divisions. There's really no room for error from here on out."

— German Defeat

Trivia[]

  • The airfield in the northwest of the map was in fact a planned but removed control point.

Gallery[]

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