Tobruk was one of the greatest Allied victories and one of the worst Allied defeats of the Second World War. The 1942 fiasco rocked the very foundation of Winston Churchill’s premiership. It revived the flagging hopes of the German people and fanned the flames of Arab unrest. Furthering Rommel’s ascendancy and souring relations within the British Commonwealth, it marked a turning point in Anglo-American relations and the fight against the Third Reich.
TOBRUK 1942 Rommel and the Defeat of the Allies
Utilising a wealth of primary and secondary sources Mitchelhill-Green examines why the fortress fell to Rommel’s Axis forces in just 24 hours when it held out against repeated attacks the previous year. Panzerarmee Afrika attacked Tobruk with massed air support, penetrated a weak spot on the eastern defensive perimeter, taking Tobruk and 33,000 prisoners, many of the garrison on the western perimeter not having been involved in the fighting. The surrender was the second largest capitulation by the British Army in the war,Comparing the 1941 and 1942 battles, this book presents a new perspective on Tobruk the isolated Libyan fortress.