Skip to main content

History Research Guide - World War II: Africa and the Middle East

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

Books in the Library

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

How was fighting in Africa and the Middle East different from fighting in Europe and the Pacific? What types of terrain did soldiers have to deal with? What were the people of Afirca and the Middle East like? Did they interfere in Axis/Allied attempts? Why did Germany invade Africa/ the Middle East? What goals were they persuing there?

What strategies did the Allies use? What strategies did the Axis powers use? What was the strategical importance of the Middle East? What was the strategical importance of North Africa? Where in Africa did battles take place? Why? Explain why Rommel had such success in Africa and the Middle East. What happened to his success? Who won the battle over Africa and the Middle East?

Gen. Erwin Rommel with the 15th Panzer Division


Gen. Erwin Rommel with the 15th Panzer Division Between Tobruk and Sidi Omar, 1941. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Online Resources