This book, first published in 1984, examines the 1941 siege of Tobruk and the experiences of the inexperienced Australian troops facing Rommel’s successful armies. It looks at the follies as well as the bravery; humane acts from both sides, locked as they were in a brutal battle; the tactics of desert warfare and siege warfare; and the challenges both sides faced from fighting in desert conditions.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Early Victory 3. The Superb Tactician 4. Retreat and Defence 5. The Fierce Onslaught 6. Security and Prisoners 7. Holding Out 8. Under Siege 9. ‘Your Magnificent Defence…’ 10. Stalemate 11. Operation Battleaxe 12. Operation Crusader