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27th January 1943

General Bernard Montgomery stands beside an M3 Grant command tank near Tripoli, Libya.

The British Eighth Army entered Tripoli on the 23rd January, exactly three months since they had launched the offensive against the Afrika Korps at El Alamein, on 23rd October. They had been pursuing the Germans and Italians, led by Rommel, all the way west ever since.
The myth of Rommel had been broken, at least as far as the Eighth Army was concerned.
Rommel wrote how he could easily have broken the weak British line of advance if only he had had enough petrol. He was never to learn that Montgomery had been able to plan his dispositions in the full knowledge that Rommel did not have any petrol – because of British Enigma intelligence.

(Photo source – © IWM E 21701) – Photographer Capt. Poston)

Colourised by Paul Reynolds.


27th January 1943

General Bernard Montgomery stands beside an M3 Grant command tank near Tripoli, Libya.

The British Eighth Army entered Tripoli on the 23rd January, exactly three months since they had launched the offensive against the Afrika Korps at El Alamein, on 23rd October. They had been pursuing the Germans and Italians, led by Rommel, all the way west ever since.
The myth of Rommel had been broken, at least as far as the Eighth Army was concerned.
Rommel wrote how he could easily have broken the weak British line of advance if only he had had enough petrol. He was never to learn that Montgomery had been able to plan his dispositions in the full knowledge that Rommel did not have any petrol – because of British Enigma intelligence.

(Photo source – © IWM E 21701) – Photographer Capt. Poston)

Colourised by Paul Reynolds.

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