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Battle of Gazala
Part of World War II,
Date 26 May – 21 June 1942
Location Gazala, near Tobruk, Libya
Result Axis victory
Belligerents
BritainUnited Kingdom
600px-British Raj Red Ensign.svgBritish India
SouthAfricaSouth Africa
FreeFranceFree France
Nazi Germany FlagGermany
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svgItaly
Commanders and leaders
675px-BritishArmyFlag2.svgClaude Auchinleck
675px-BritishArmyFlag2.svgNeil Ritchie
BalkenkreuzErwin Rommel
The Battle of Gazala was an important battle of the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War, fought around the port of Tobruk in Libya from 26 May to 21 June 1942 between elements of the combined German and Italian armies, against the British Empire. The battle ended in a resounding victory for the Axis although at a high cost in tanks. Devoid of effective armoured forces in subsequent battles, German commander Erwin Rommel was unable to decisively defeat the British 8th Army as it retreated into Egypt and his pursuit was brought to a halt at the First Battle of El Alamein.

Battle of Gazala in WorldwarEdit

The Battle of Gazala was one of the last engagements between the Afrika Korps and the British 8th Army of World War II. The battle came to an abrupt end when the Race landed in June, just a few days later, forcing both sides to join forces. Sam Yeager heard of heavy fighting around the city on the radio, but never heard its outcome.

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