Tobruk – Podcast

Tobruk was one of the greatest Allied victories – and one of the worst Allied defeats – of the Second World War.

History Guild has organised this discussion between David Mitchelhill-Green, author of TOBRUK – Fiercely Stand, or Fighting Fall and Angus Wallace, creator of the fantastic WW2 Podcast.

 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.

This project commemorating the service by Victorians in the Mediterranean theatre of WW2 was supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council. Sign up to the newsletter at the bottom of the page to be notified when the next article in this project is released.

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