Tobruk: New Illustrated Edition
In the tradition of his bestselling KOKODA, Peter FitzSimons returns in this deluxe illustrated edition to one of the decisive moments in Australian history: the Battle of Tobruk. In 1941 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 the Second World War, when Hitler turned his attention to conquering North Africa, a distracted and far-flung Allied force could not give its all to the defence of Libya. 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 is not only the stuff of Australian legend, it is one of the great battles of all time. Hard cover, photographs, 689 pages.