World War, SOUTHERN THEATRE: Crumbling Empire

Out of the white, garden-edged streets of Bardia, belying with their neatness the destructive bombardment of a fortnight ago, swept a train of British armored cars, tanks and infantry trucks one day last week. It wriggled onto the coast road, penetrating still farther into the African empire of Benito Mussolini. From the desert to the south another spearhead, fresh Anzac and Moslem Indian troops, poked north and west. Before mop-up units in Bardia had finished prying the last pockets of Italian Terribili from their wadi hideouts, the two points were encircling Tobruch....

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