Tobruk : The Great Seige 1941-2

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The siege of Tobruk was the longest in British military history. The coastal fortress and vital deep-water port of Tobruk was of crucial importance for the battle for North Africa as the key that would unlock the way to Egypt and the Suez Canal. For over a year the isolated garrison held out against all attempts to take it. For both sides it assumed a propaganda role that outweighed even its great strategic value. Goebbels referred to its defenders as `rats', which in characteristic British fashion the whole army proudly adopted as their title, thus `Desert Rats', and the port became a symbol of resistance when the war was going badly for Britain. When it fell and 25,000 men surrendered to an armoured assault on 21 June 1942, Churchill said it was `one of the heaviest blows I can recall during the war'. William F. Buckingham's startling new account, drawing extensively on first-hand testimony from veterans on both sides, is the most comprehensive history of the epic battle and is sure to become the standard work on the more

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  • Electronic book text
  • The History Press Ltd
  • United Kingdom
  • 0752487159
  • 9780752487151

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