Sunday, August 13, 2006
The plan for the breakout from Tobruk in November 1941
General Cunningham hoped that XXXth Corps would defeat the two German armoured divisions in tank-to-tank combat, and then occupy the Sidi Rezegh ridge. At that point, the Tobruk garrison would break out and occupy the El Duda ridge. In the first days, XIIIth Corps would hold the Axis forces on the frontier and protect "the forward bases and railhead". Two brigades of the 4th Indian Indian Division would be so employed. The third brigade would take Side Omar, as flank protection for XXXth Corps. General Norrie's plan was to move to "the El Adem-Sidi Rezegh area" on the second day, if the Axis forces did not respond to his initial move. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.