World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE DESERT: Where Wavell Left Off

Cyrenaica, which is as worn down from changing hands as an Indianhead penny, was British again last week.

This fact—marking as it did the first British mechanized victory over German forces in World War II—was buried deep under the avalanche of Far Eastern war news. It deserved a better fate. General Sir Archibald Wavell's victory over the Italians in Cyrenaica last year, which was hailed all over the Allied world, took 60 days. General Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck's feat, which was virtually ignored all over the world, was accomplished in 37....

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