Rommel and Tobruk

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Rommel and Tobruk

Post by Wargames » 13 Dec 2019 23:35

Did Rommel ever manage to land supplies in Tobruk after taking it? If so, how did he make it safe for ships to do so?

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Re: Rommel and Tobruk

Post by MarkN » 14 Dec 2019 00:44

Wargames wrote:
13 Dec 2019 23:35
Did Rommel ever manage to land supplies in Tobruk after taking it? If so, how did he make it safe for ships to do so?
Safe?

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Re: Rommel and Tobruk

Post by Wargames » 16 Dec 2019 19:13

"Safe": Ships unloaded without loss.

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Re: Rommel and Tobruk

Post by Kelvin » 23 Jan 2020 14:54

It is responsbility of Navy, not him.

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Re: Rommel and Tobruk

Post by doogal » 27 Feb 2020 21:01

Tobruk fell into German hands on the 20th June and the decisive battle fought at el Alemein opened on the 23rd october. So Rommel only had a 3 month period to benefit from a close port. But re-inforcements were not a German priority in that theatre at that point so I would be surprised if it had a major impact. And we must also consider the level of italian merchant navy losses in this period, with supply routes to tobruk fairly well covered by allied air and sea power. In fact his capture of tobruk convinced Hitler that he did not need to expand operations in the med theatre so we could view this a pyrrhic victory for Rommel.....

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Re: Rommel and Tobruk

Post by Peter89 » 28 Feb 2020 16:49

Wargames wrote:
13 Dec 2019 23:35
Did Rommel ever manage to land supplies in Tobruk after taking it? If so, how did he make it safe for ships to do so?
Yes, and the last Axis ship to Tobruk arrived on October 4, 1942.
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