Like Gallipoli and Kokoda, the siege of Tobruk is an iconic battle in Australia's military history. Under ceaseless attack from Rommel's men, the Australian defense held strong. In Tobruk, Peter FitzSimons relates the personal histories and stories not only of the men who defended the garrison against the German onslaught but of the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel, and the powers back in both Berlin and Britain.
©2006 Peter FitzSimons; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishers Pty Ltd.
"Gripping stuff." (Sydney Morning Herald)
"A thorough, highly readable, distillation of the overlooked Battle of Tobruk." (The Age)
I loved this book. I would certainly recommend it to someone who likes the personalization of war. It contains many little details of how the war in North Africa was conducted by individual soldiers, especially the Australian troops. It has a definite Aussie slant.
The portrayal of the "Desert Fox", Irwin Rommel was especially good and well balanced. It did not dress him up and make it look like he did not make mistakes. He certainly did and they are well illustrated in the book.
Not necessarily, it is a book which can be broken into parts and does not suffer from leaving it for a few days.
Military History and Archaeology
The details of the people involved and the background information.
A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge, Charles McDonald or John Tolands Battle Story of the Bulge.
The book does a great job of balancing the battle for Tobruk between the Australian and German perspectives. The author also adds a lot of language peculiar to the Australian defenders which adds color to the story. There is emotion in the story as the battle inevitably takes its toll on both sides. The author also adds in the political element which overshadowed the British/Australian relationship in the North African theater.
When one of the main characters is killed - it is a moment of great sadness and how it affects the character's family at home is quite moving.
The accent adds much to the story. Being an American I may not know exactly how to relate to a particular saying but the narrator does a great job making it relevant.
Yes. I will most likely still buy the physical book as it is one of the few in-depth accounts i have run into about the siege of Tobruk.
A fantastic read detailing many sides to the seige of Tobruk. I picked up the story at every opportunity. Another great effort by Peter FitzSimons. Thank You
In the spirit of Stephen Ambrose, Mr. Fitzsimsons Tobruk tells a great story of the men who bravely held and fought for stronghold. Good story telling! I recommend it.
This is an account of the men, particularly Australians, who stopped the much better equipped German army, led by General Rommel, in its long siege of Tobruk. The story is gripping , but was slightly marred for me by the author's use of dated slang in describing the action.
Say something about yourself!
The author found it necessary to recount all the major events of the war before Tobruk in depth, including WWI, the Versailles Treaty, and the Rise of Hitler, interspersed with mundane details about the private lives of the soldiers.
Seriously, I'm 1/3 of the way into this Odyssey, and Rommel's just now arrived in Africa.
This author needed an editor to force him to cut it down to size.
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