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0620_01: The Fall of Tobruk_Alt - PzC 11 El Alamein '42

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0620_01: The Fall of Tobruk_Alt

By Saunders & Blackie (edited: Williams)
Axis 0 - 0 - 1 British
Rating: 0 (0)
Games Played: 1
SM: 2
Turns: 9
Type: Custom
First Side: Axis
Second Side: British
Tobruk, June 20th 1942: By the June 14th June, Gen Ritchie had accepted the fact that the battle for the Gazala Line had been lost, and ordered the units remaining on the front line to break off action and withdraw. The Axis closed in at once and surrounded Tobruk by the June 18th. The Australians had held out through a long siege the previous year, so the upper echelon expected the same result once more. The Tobruk Garrison was roughly the same size as before and was organized around the 2nd South African Division, but the fortifications were not near as strong. Many of the mines had been pulled to be re-sewn on the Gazala Line, also many minefields were simply lost track of through the changing of the garrison. As before, Rommel bypassed Tobruk and drove the 8th Army back across the border into Egypt. But on the night of the June 19th, Rommel disengaged his tanks at the front line and doubled back to strike at Tobruk. When the attack began, General Klopper thought the first strike was a diversionary attack and, thus, he was slow to react with his reserves. Before he could, it was too late. The front line was broken in a sector held by the 11th Indian Brigade's Cameron Highlanders, and Mahratta Light Infantry, arguably two of the best regiments in the 8th Army, that were, as it turns out, stretched over too much frontage. The fortress of Tobruk, having withstood the siege for months the previous year, fell in a single day's fight. It was a staggering blow to Britain and in particular their leader Winston Churchill, who was said to have muttered, "Defeat is one thing, disgrace is another!" [Size, medium]
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
Axis crispin's Profile crispin vs. Outlaw Josey Wales Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile British Axis Major Loss 4 36