Thursday, July 07, 2005
Supplies held up the attack on Tobruk
The British were stretched to supply the 7th Armoured Division and the 6th Australian Division at Tobruk. The attack was delayed due to the need to stockpile supplies to support an attack. The systems and organizations were still being developed that would ultimately be used for the rest of the war. They had succeeded in building successive depots across the desert, but the rapid push to Tobruk, after the quick fall of Bardia meant that they had finally outstripped their logistic support. The port at Sollum was operated by a detachment managed by General Wilson. This allowed General O'Connor and 13th Corps to focus on the advance. After a brief period, General Wavell assumed control of 13th Corps from the Theater Headquarters. For some reason, Bardia was only used for transshipping supplies to Greece, and Sollum was the main center for receiving supplies.