The fox lost his tail last week. Rommel let Montgomery overtake him and, before he knew it, Montgomery had bitten off his brush.
Erwin Rommel's retreat from El Aghéila had begun with an orderliness that was almost sedate. There was the suspicion that he had already withdrawn the bulk of his army, leaving only enough troops for a bluff. He sprinkled his trail with land mines and booby traps* and loped off along the coast.
But presently there were signs that the fox was in distress. Allied planes pounded him. Rommel began to stumble and duck.
It was then that Montgomery got on...