British_Pushes_in_North_Africa by malloka


									On June 15, Wavell sought to regain the momentum in North Africa
and launched Operation Battleaxe. Designed to push the German
Afrika Korps out of Eastern Cyrenaica and relieve the besieged
British troops at Tobruk, the operation was a total failure as
Wavell's attacks were broken on the German defenses. Angered by
Wavell's lack of success, Prime Minister Winston Churchill removed
him and assigned General Claude Auchinleck to command the
region. In late November, Auchinleck commenced Operation
Crusader which was able to break Rommel's lines and pushed the
Germans back to El Agheila, allowing Tobruk to be relieved.

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