Wednesday, July 13, 2005
More about the fall of Tobruk, and a correction
By nightfall on the first day of the attack on Tobruk, half of the area had been captured. General Mackay ordered that they would attack to secure the rest in the morning. By 3:45pm on the second day, they had completely subdued the Italian resistance. The commanding general of the 61st Sirte Division surrendered to an Australian battalion commander. The Italian naval detachment also surrendered. The captors were pleased to find that there was still much of the harbor and equipment either in working order or repairable. In any case, the capture of Tobruk took much of two days, not one. This is based on the account in the Official History, Vol.I.