Tobruk 1941

Rommel's opening move

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Tobruk 1941

Rommel's opening move

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Osprey's examination of one of the epic battles of the desert war of World War II (1939-1945). In March 1941, with Wavell's British troops having routed the Italians from Cyrenaica, General Erwin Rommel arrived in Tripoli to command the Deutsches Afrikakorps. Over the next two years the Afrikakorps and its commander would become legendary. In his first offensive, Rommel swept across the desert, driving the British back to the Egyptian frontier and capturing much of the 2nd Armoured Division in the process. One thorn remained in his side - the vital port of Tobruk continued to resist. If it could hold out Rommel's offensive might be halted. Wavell instructed General Morshead and his garrison of 30,000 determined Australians to hold at all cost.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/Reconnaissance in France/Tobruk Besieged/The May Assault/Operation BREVITY/Operation BATTLEAXE/The Rats of Tobruk/Aftermath/Chronology/Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published Jan 25 2001
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841760926
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 72 b/w; 13 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 80
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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