Harrison, Frank.


1st ed., 1996. 352 pp., various photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. This new study of Tobruk – the longest siege in British military history – is an analytical reassessment by a veteran of the campaign. There are three principal sections: the siege, in which the Australian 9th Division held out so manfully against Rommel’s Afrika Korps; the breakout, where the British 70th Division broke clear of the fortress to create a corridor towards an intended rendezvous with the Eighth Army; and an important appraisal and fresh look at the Allies’ main opponent – the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel. The understated role of the British division, the awesome battles they faced in the opening and maintaining the corridor and the support to the action provided by the Royal Navy and RAF is clearly demonstrated and fully described.

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