This timeline covers all the political and military events that occurred within Africa and the Middle East between the years 1940 and 1943.
"To every man of us, Tobruk was a symbol of British resistance, and we are now going to finish with it for good."
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel June 1942
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German SdKfz 222
The SdKfz 222 that served with the Afrika Korps reconnaissance units and was armed with a 2cm cannon and a coaxial machine-gun. Carrying a 3 man crew, it had performed well enough, but was handicapped in the desert by its relatively short cross-country range of 100 miles.