World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE DESERT: The Seesaws Saws Again

From el-Aghéila on the Gulf of Sidra, 360 miles by road from the Egyptian border, granite-jawed General Erwin Rommel turned on the harrying British desert fighters and lashed fiercely with an armored paw. The strength of his sudden assault, which backed British advance elements 145 miles up the Mediterranean coast, set Britain's desert staff officers harder than ever at a tough job: outthinking as smart and resourceful a general as ever put foot in a field boot.

One clue to Rommel's action could be found in the British statement several weeks ago that...

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