World War: The Technique of Destruction

Strategically, the week's most important development in Libya was the spectacular British sweep by "mechanized patrols" across the base of the Libyan hump. The patrols could not have been very strong, but they were apparently strong enough to attack and destroy Axis land convoys, which were working along the road which was the only Axis supply line from the west.

This audacious sweep was the key to Britain's plan in Libya. Like every other British move of the battle so far, it had been conceived with a double-edged purpose : 1) to cut off...

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