BATTLE OF THE DESERT: With the Bayonet

As the desert rains came last week Lieut. General Neil Methuen Ritchie's tactical units were still waiting to do final battle with General Erwin Rommel's force. At Agedabia, where Rommel is hanging on, both sides maneuvered and skirmished like fighting cocks. In an attempt to break Ritchie's grip, Rommel sent a tank unit against the British. The British tanks met the German spearhead, claimed the destruction of 22 of Rommel's prized tanks, the damage of 20 others. British Hussars mopped up five truckloads of German infantry after the scrap. But the Axis boasted the destruction of 74 British tanks...

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