World War, SOUTHERN THEATER: Tobruk, 16 Weeks Later

The town, enduring its second siege within a year, is like an old crumbling conch shell in which some new life, some sea anemone, has tenaciously nestled. The Italians lost it after a two-week siege, but for 16 weeks the British had been surrounded in Tobruk; and last week they were more lively than ever.

Over 1,000 tons of bombs had been unloaded on and around this old shell of a town. Very few of its once neat white walls still stood intact. In the harbor the skeletons of Italian and British ships lay half-sunk, scuppers awash. The arid country...

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