Monday, October 31, 2005
Events immediately after April 8th, 1941
Rommel correctly believed that the British were collapsing. He pushed his troops to move forward, as he believed that the Suez Canal might be within reach. This was on April 10th, 1941. One of his commanders, Major-General Kirchheim was wounded so when the 15th Panzer Division commander, Major-General Prittwitz, he was immediately ordered to take command of the Kirchheim's battlegroup. Rommel ordered that Tobruk be beseiged, and that was accomplished by April 11th. Almost immediately, General Prittwitz had been killed, so General Schwerin was now in charge of that battlegroup. Almost immediately, battlegroups were sent further east, one to Bardia and one to Sollum. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.