Tobruk – Podcast
Tobruk was one of the greatest Allied victories – and one of the worst Allied defeats – of the Second World War.
It is a fascinating read which places Tobruk in a wider history to help explain why it was strategically important. It provides a nuanced picture of the differences at both a tactical and strategic level, between the first 242 day siege and the second catastrophic defeat.
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