World Battlefronts: Into the Funnel

Battle of Egypt

After so many evil tidings, the news looked a little better. Germany's Rommel had chased the broken, retreating British 325 miles in eleven days, had rammed his armored spearheads down the coastal desert from Matrûh, taking the flyspeck towns on the railroad to Alexandria like peas ripped from a pod. Now for four days Rommel had not advanced.

The mercurial people of Alexandria, who had shivered and shaken while Rommel rolled, smiled again and went back to their nightclubs. Those who had fled Alexandria talked of coming back "within a few days."...

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