War Movie Scene: Siege of Tobruk

Siege of Tobruk

Set in the Libyan Desert in WW2 a battalion of Czech soldiers face the siege of Tobruk.
In August 1941 the Czechoslovak government-in-exile asked for the 11th Battalion to be moved to Britain to be united with Czechoslovak forces there. The British military authorities refused, and instead on 6 October 1941 transferred the battalion from the 23rd Infantry Brigade to the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade, which was besieged in Tobruk in Libya.[3] The battalion served at Tobruk for 158 days, including 51 in combat.

At the end of December 1941 the battalion was withdrawn to the rear and transferred to the 38th Indian Infantry Brigade.In April 1942 the battalion was returned to Palestine and in May it was reorganised as the 200th Czechoslovak Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, with Karel Klapálek continuing as its commander.

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