#410410_01 Tobruk - Death of a General - North Africa 1941
#410410_01 Tobruk - Death of a GeneralBy David Freer
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Tobruk, Eastern Cyrenaica, Libya: April 10th, 1941. (Scenario Size: Battalion. German Human vs Allied AI) In the ten days since the engagement at Mersa el Brega the Allies had been engaged and pushed back from Benghazi, Mechili and Derna. Retreating on Tobruk, the Australian 9th Division was ordered to hold the local defences and slow the Axis advance. The Italian defences were extensive but incomplete and had been breached during Operation Compass. The Australians had endeavoured to repair as much as possible in the week before April 10th. Rommel and his troops had little knowledge of the state of Tobruk and he ordered the newly arrived General von Prittwitz to drive towards the port and possibly capture it by coup de main. This lack of knowledge and reconnaissance was to see the German spearhead rebuffed on the first line of defences and to cost von Prittwitz his life, two days after arriving in North Africa.