oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - The 'Atomic' despatch : Field Marshal Auchinleck, the fall of the Tobruk Garrison and post-war Anglo-South African relations

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



In January 1948, a despatch written by Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck was published in London. These detailed military operations involving British Commonwealth forces had taken place between November 1941 and August 1942 in the Western Desert of North Africa. Initially submitted to the War Office (WO) five years before, a complex and often bitter political dispute helped ensure that the path of this despatch towards publication would prove a tortuous one.

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