Now, to redress the misconception in your question... The North African campaign was the result of European countries neo-colonial ambitions of the early 20th century, , and who held the Suez canal. Following the declarations of war which led to WWII, Mussolini ordered advances into Egypt. His motive being twofold: demonstrate Italy's willingness to fight with the Germans and to cut off the supply lines to Britain's eastern colonies. These endeavours proved ill fated. The British then had the initiative and made thorough progress until they were stymied by the arrival of the . The following campaign saw the front move back and forth multiple times, until the British proved that their logistical efforts were better than the Germans and the closing of the Tunisia campaign. Here lies the crux of the situation, had there been oil exploitation in the region, then a sizable chunk of the logistical headaches for both sides would have been reduced. As has been mentioned in the comments, the Germans wanted the Caucasian oil fields and the British oil came from it's eastern colonies or the United States.
The North African Campaign 1940 - 43
'Old Blood 'n' Guts' is General Patton (1885-1945), who led his forces to victory against Erwin Rommel's German forces in the North African campaign.
The North African Campaign by Jordan Potts on Prezi
NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN. After two years of desert skirmishes among the British, Italians, and Germans, the North African campaign opened on 8 November 1942, when Anglo-American forces under U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower landed in French Morocco and Algeria near Casablanca and met bitter French resistance. An armistice brought the fighting to an end on 11 November, and the French forces soon joined the Allies.
The North African Campaign (Operation Torch)
By the North African Campaign of World War II, I am referring to the Western Desert Camapigns aswell as the post- Campaign from Algeria and Morocco into TunisiaThe North African Campaign of the Second World War was extremely important because it was the only land based fight that the Allies could take to the Axis powers from September 1940 until the invasion of Sicily in July 1943. It was very important in strategic terms with the Mediterranean, and the British African Empire at stake. The North African Campaign drew Axis forces away from the Eastern Front and Fortress Europe (Axis defences against Allied invasion of European mainland from Britain), but for the Allies it also served to delay the 'Second Front' that Stalin so desperately wanted to see.There are certain inconsistencies in the history of the North African Campaign, such as the concentration on the figures such as Montgomery and Rommel when the real decisive factor in the Campaign was the Battle of The Mediterranean. Statistics are also inconsistent, with the technological not being taken into account. I hope to highlight all of these myths and inconsistencies to present the North African Campaign in its true light.