Description

Title: Tobruk

Author: Fitzsimons, Peter

Condition: Mint

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 2006

ISBN: 9780732276454

Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 580 pages

Comments: A great history of the Australian involvement during the siege of Tobruk during the North African campaign. Includes some very famous photographs.

′What we have, we hold′

MOTTO OF AUSTRALIA′S 2/17TH BATTALION

In the tradition of his bestselling Kokoda, Peter FitzSimons, Australia′s most beloved popular historian, focuses on one of the seminal moments in Australian history: the Battle of Tobruk in 1941, in which more than 15 000 Australian troops – backed by British artillery – fought in excruciating desert heat through eight long months, against Adolf Hitler′s formidable Afrika Korps.

During the dark heart of World War II, when Hitler turned his attention to conquering North Africa, a distracted and far-fl ung Allied force could not give its all to the defence of Libya. So the job was left to the roughest, toughest bunch that could be mustered: the Australian Imperial Force. The AIF′s defence of the harbour city of Tobruk against the Afrika Korps′ armoured division is not only the stuff of Australian legend, it is one of the great battles of all time, as against the might of General Rommel and his Panzers, the Australians relied on one factor in particular to give them the necessary strength against the enemy: mateship.

Drawing on extensive source material – including diaries and letters, many never published before – this extraordinary book, written in Peter FitzSimons′ highly readable style, is the definitive account of this remarkable chapter in Australia′s history.

Foreword by Manfred Rommel.