The siege of Tobruk lasted 240 days during which the `gallant garrison' of Allied soldiers, including the famous `Desert Rats' held out against constant attacks from Rommel's Afrika Korps. The battle became one of the longest sieges in British military history and a potent symbol of British resistance. To understand what happened and why - read Battle Story.
â ¢ Diary extracts and quotes offer a real insight into what it was like for the Allied soldiers to live under siege
â ¢ Maps highlight the adversities of the terrain and the strategic importance of the Tobruk fortress
â ¢ Rare photographs place you on the frontline of the unfolding action
â ¢ Orders of battle reveal the composition of the opposing forces' armies
â ¢ Packed with fact boxes, this short introduction is the perfect way to explore this important battle
PIER PAOLO BATTISTELLI earned his PhD in Military History at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy of the Second World War, he has written extensively on the Western Desert Campaign. He has also written Battle Story: El Alamein 1942 for the series.show more