World War: Tobruk, After 33 Weeks

"Our task," explained General Leslie James ("Holy Terror'') Morshead, Commander of Tobruk, "is to drive a corridor from the perimeter [of our defenses] to the Axis road, which we hope to cut at El Duda. There we should meet the South Africans."

The Axis road to which the besieged garrison of Tobruk hoped to cut its way was the supply highway the enemy had built during the summer to by-pass Tobruk. Along the path of this projected drive lay four enemy strongholds, nicknamed by Empire forces: Butch, Jack, Jill and Tiger.

At 3 a.m. the roar of a barrage laid down by Tobruk's...

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