Turn 58 - Axis Turn
28th June 1941
The usual bombardments of Tobruk gets underway - with limited results - and another attack on the RN proves ludicrously costly for the Axis air forces.
The Italians on the Egyptian border fight back! Despite being out of supply, a mix of Sabratha and Bologna infantry (with artillery support) launch an attack against the 1st RTR. The British tanks retreat north.
The Italians lose another 17 bombers against the RN, and the artillery fire against the strong points continue with limited results. Meanwhile, the Italians, desperate to break out of the trap, launch a follow-up attack against the 3rd Hussars. This time the tanks hold and the infantry are repulsed with heavy loss.
The Italian gunners in the pocket target the 11th Hussars next, inflicting some minor damage. Attention switches back to Tobruk - 9% damage across three hexes.
The halfway point is reached and another 9% loss is recorded against the port itself, although the Germans suffer 3% loss in counter-battery fire. The western strong point then receives 5% loss. In the pocket the Italian will to resist remains as fierce as ever, as the infantry force the 3rd Hussars into retreat - although suffer more casualties in so doing.
The Italians next vent their fury against the Central Indian Horse, inflicting 4% loss, before Tobruk is bombarded twice more but without any effect.
In the southernmost pocket, the Bologna divisional artillery tries to break the Rajputana Riflemen and inflict 4% losses on the Indian soldiers. Only one attack on Tobruk with no effect.
More focus on Tobruk this time, but still only 8% across the three attacks.
The 4th New Zealand Brigade are the next targets for Italian artillery, before the turn closes with two more desultory barrages against Tobruk.
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