Saturday, August 12, 2006

General Cunningham's plan for the attack

General Cunningham's original proposal was for the primary armoured forces with cruiser tanks to swing out and towards Tobruk to raise the seige and to draw the German armour into battle. The infantry would attack the German and Italian border forces and remove them. One armoured brigade was to operate between them to protect the armour's flank. The final plan put al lthree armoured brigades into XXXth Corps, which would drive towards Tobruk, hoping to draw the Axis armour into battle. XIIIth Corps would attack the frontier. The initial British move would be to put XXXth Corps "near Gabr Saleh". Depending on the response, General Cunningham would decide where they would go next. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.

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