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A controversial new history of the heroic year-long siege where British and Australian 'Desert Rats' held out against Rommel's Afrika Korps. The siege of Tobruk was the longest in British military history. The coastal fortress and vital deep-water port of Tobruk was of crucial importance for the battle for North Africa as the key that would unlock the way to Egypt and the Suez Canal.For over a year, the isolated garrison held out against all attempts to take it. For both sides it assumed a propaganda role that outweighed even its great strategic value. Goebbels referred to its defenders as 'rats', which in characteristic British fashion the whole army proudly adopted as their title, thus 'Desert Rats', and the port became a symbol of resistance when the war was going badly for Britain. When it fell and 25,000 men surrendered to an armoured assault on 21 June 1942, Churchill said it was 'one of the heaviest blows I can recall during the war'. William F. Buckingham's startling new account, drawing extensively on first-hand testimony from veterans on both sides, is the most comprehensive history of the epic battle and is sure to become the standard work on the subject.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752445014
ISBN-10: 0752445014
Format: Hardback
(248mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Tempus Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William F. Buckingham

William F. Buckingham is a leading expert on the Second World War. He teaches history at the University of Glasgow. His other books include D-Day: The First 72 Hours, Arnhem 1944 ('Buckingham leaves the reader in no doubt that British army politics, inexperience and incompetence led to this tragedy of errors' THE GUARDIAN; 'Startling... reveals the real reason why the daring attack failed' THE DAILY EXPRESS) and Paras. He lives near Glasgow.

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