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The Longest Siege

Tobruk: The Battle That Saved North Africa

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The Longest Siege by Robert Lyman
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The gripping history of one of the Second World War's most pivotal battles Beginning on 10th April 1941, and lasting for 240 days, the siege of Tobruk is a mesmerising tale of human endurance and heroism. It is an epic story of extraordinary resilience as the Libyan port's 24,000 defenders met increasingly desperate attempts by Rommel's Panzer divisions to break through the hurriedly thrown-up defences. It was a battle of bayonets and grenades against tanks, of David versus Goliath. The eventual allied victory came against overwhelming odds, plus the morale sapping knowledge that the defenders were surrounded on one side by the sea, and on the other by Hitler's men and machines (who, only the year before, had brought Western Europe to its knees). Tobruk was defended in the main by the Australian 9th Division, followed by the British 70th Infantry Division who then linked up with the advancing 8th Army. The Royal Navy also played an important role in Tobruk's defence. By December 1941 Rommel had been beaten and forced to withdraw his forces from Cyrenaica. The siege was lifted and the exhausted, gallant defenders able to march out in triumph.

Author Biography

Robert Lyman was for 20 years an officer in the British Army. Educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he has degrees from the Universities of York, Wales, London and Cranfield. His previous books are Slim, Master of War: Burma and the Birth of Modern Warfare (2004), First Victory: Britain's Forgotten Struggle in the Middle East (2006) and The Generals: Leadership in the Burma Campaign 1941-1945 (2008).
Release date Australia
April 2nd, 2010
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Unabridged edition
Imprint
Pan Books
Pages
336
Dimensions
130x197x20
ISBN-13
9780330510813
Product ID
3958007

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