World War: BATTLE OF THE DESERT: Dust in the Cogs

"The campaign in Libya," wrote the London News Chronicle, "has not met the swift, decisive success which several incautious predictions of the first few days encouraged us to hope for."

"Can nobody," asked the Daily Mirror, "dampen the airy-fairy optimism of the military spokesman at general headquarters in Cairo?"

All the King's tanks and all the King's men ranging across the Libyan Desert had not succeeded, in three weeks of fighting, in achieving a single major aim of British strategy. The one apparent success, the relief of long-besieged Tobruk (TIME, Dec. 8),...

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