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Operation Compass
 United Kingdom British India Australia  Free France ItalyCommanders and leadersArchibald Wavell Henry Maitland Wilson Richard O'Connor Iven Mackay Rodolfo Graziani Giuseppe Tellera † Pietro Maletti † Annibale Bergonzoli (POW)Strength36,000 soldiers 120 guns 275 tanks 142 aircraft 150,000 soldiers 1,600 guns 600 tankettes and tanks 331 aircraftCasualties and losses500 killed 1,373 wounded 55 missing 26 aircraft 5,500+ killed 10,000 wounded 133,298 captured 420 tanks 845 guns 564 aircraft (incl
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Prisoner Of War
A prisoner of war (POW) is a person, whether combatant or non-combatant, who is held in custody by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict
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United Kingdom
The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in western Europe
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Annibale Bergonzoli
Italo-Turkish War Italo-Ethiopian War World War IItalian CampaignSpanish Civil War World War IINorth African CampaignBattle of Bardia Battle of Beda FommAwards Gold Medal of Valour Military Order of Savoy Annibale Bergonzoli
Annibale Bergonzoli
(1 November 1884 – 31 July 1973), nicknamed "barba elettrica", "Electric Whiskers", was an Italian Lieutenant General who served during World War I, the Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War
and World War II. In 1940 he commanded the defences of Bardia, Libya
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Killed In Action
Killed in action (KIA) is a casualty classification generally used by militaries to describe the deaths of their own combatants at the hands of hostile forces.[1] The United States
United States
Department of Defense, for example, says that those declared KIA need not have fired their weapons but have been killed due to hostile attack. KIAs do not come from incidents such as accidental vehicle crashes and other "non-hostile" events or terrorism. KIA can be applied both to front-line combat troops and to naval, air and support troops. Someone who is killed in action during a particular event is denoted with a † (dagger) beside their name to signify their death in that event or events. Further, KIA denotes one to have been killed in action on the battlefield whereas died of wounds (DOW) relates to someone who survived to reach a medical treatment facility
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Australia
Coordinates: 25°S 133°E / 25°S 133°E / -25; 133Commonwealth of AustraliaFlagCoat of armsAnthem: "Advance Australia
Australia
Fair"[N 1]Capital Canberra 35°18′29″S 149°07′28″E / 35.30806°S 149.12444°E / -35.30806; 149.12444Largest city SydneyNational language English[N 2]DemonymAustralian Aussie
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Kingdom Of Italy (1861-1946)
The Kingdom of Italy
Italy
(Italian: Regno d'Italia) was a state which existed from 1861—when King Victor Emmanuel II
King Victor Emmanuel II
of Sardinia was proclaimed King of Italy—until 1946—when a constitutional referendum led civil discontent to abandon the monarchy and form the Italian Republic. The state was founded as a result of the unification of Italy
Italy
under the influence of the Kingdom of Sardinia, which can be considered its legal predecessor state. Italy
Italy
declared war on Austria in alliance with Prussia in 1866 and received the region of Veneto
Veneto
following their victory. Italian troops entered Rome
Rome
in 1870, ending more than one thousand years of Papal temporal power
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Kingdom Of Egypt
The Kingdom of Egypt
Egypt
(Arabic: المملكة المصرية‎; Egyptian Arabic: المملكه المصريه‎ El-Mamlaka l-Maṣreyya, "the Egyptian Kingdom") was the de jure independent Egyptian state established under the Muhammad Ali Dynasty
Muhammad Ali Dynasty
in 1922 following the Unilateral Declaration of Egyptian Independence by the United Kingdom. Until the Anglo-Egyptian treaty of 1936, the Kingdom was only nominally independent, since the British retained control of foreign relations, communications, the military and the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
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Light Tank Mk VI
The Tank, Light, Mk VI was a British light tank, produced by Vickers-Armstrongs
Vickers-Armstrongs
in the late 1930s, which saw service during the Second World War.Contents1 Development history 2 Operational history 3 Gallery 4 Notes 5 References 6 External linksDevelopment history[edit]A Mk VI undergoing maintenance, France 1940. The location of the engine, beside the driver, can be seenThe Tank, Light, Mk VI was the sixth in the line of light tanks built by Vickers-Armstrongs
Vickers-Armstrongs
for the British Army during the interwar period. The company had achieved a degree of standardization with their previous five models, and the Mark VI was identical in all but a few respects
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Sidi Barrani
Sidi Barrani (Egyptian Arabic: سيدى برانى‎  pronounced [ˈsiːdi bɑɾˈɾɑːni]) is a town in Egypt, near the Mediterranean Sea, about 95 km (59 mi) east of the border with Libya, and around 240 km (150 mi) from Tobruk, Libya. Named after Sidi es-Saadi el Barrani, a Senussi sheikh who was a head of its Zawiya,[1] the village is mainly a Bedouin community. It has food and gasoline outlets, and one small hotel, but has virtually no tourist activity or visited historical curiosities
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Siege Of Tobruk
Tobruk
Tobruk
or Tubruq (Ancient Greek: Αντίπυργος) (/təˈbrʊk, toʊ-/;[3] Arabic: طبرق‎ Ṭubruq; also transliterated as Tóbruch, Tobruch, Tobruck and Tubruk) is a port city on Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast, near the border of Egypt. It is the capital of the Butnan District
Butnan District
(formerly Tobruk
Tobruk
District) and has a population of 120,000 (2011 est.).[4] Tobruk
Tobruk
was the site of an ancient Greek colony and, later, of a Roman fortress guarding the frontier of Cyrenaica.[4] Over the centuries, Tobruk
Tobruk
also served as a waystation along the coastal caravan route.[4] By 1911, Tobruk
Tobruk
had become an Italian military post, but during World War II, Allied forces, mainly the Australian 6th Division, took Tobruk on 22 January 1941
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Battle Of Bir Hakeim
Associated articlesFrontier Wire Devil's gardens Fort Capuzzo Maletti Group Camouflage Babini Group Combeforce 3rd Indian Motor Brigade Baggush BoxThe Battle of Bir Hakeim
Bir Hakeim
(Arabic pronunciation: [biʔr ħaˈkiːm]) took place at Bir Hakeim, an oasis in the Libyan desert south and west of Tobruk, during the Battle of Gazala
Battle of Gazala
(26 May – 21 June 1942). The 1st Free French Brigade
Brigade
(Général de brigade Marie Pierre Kœnig) defended the position from 26 May – 11 June against much larger Axis forces of Panzerarmee Afrika (Generaloberst Erwin Rommel). The Panzerarmee captured Tobruk
Tobruk
ten days later but the delay imposed on the Axis offensive by the defence of the fortress influenced the cancellation of Operation Herkules, the plan for an Axis invasion of Malta
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Free France
Free France
Free France
and its Free French Forces (French: France
France
Libre and Forces françaises libres) were the government-in-exile led by Charles de Gaulle during the Second World War
Second World War
and its military forces, that continued to fight against the Axis powers
Axis powers
as one of the Allies after the fall of France
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Raid On Sidi Haneish Airfield
Associated articlesFrontier Wire Devil's gardens Fort Capuzzo Maletti Group Camouflage Babini Group Combeforce 3rd Indian Motor Brigade Baggush BoxThe Raid on Sidi Haneish Airfield
Sidi Haneish Airfield
was a military operation carried out on the night of 26 July 1942 by the British Special
Special
Air Service against a German airfield in Egypt
Egypt
during the Western Desert Campaign of Second World War. Allied commandos in jeeps under the command of Major David Stirling
David Stirling
raided an Axis landing strip and destroyed or damaged numerous Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe
aircraft with machine-gun fire and explosives
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Point 175
Associated articlesFrontier Wire Devil's gardens Fort Capuzzo Maletti Group Camouflage Babini Group Combeforce 3rd Indian Motor Brigade Baggush BoxThe Battle of Point 175
Point 175
was a military engagement of the Western Desert Campaign that took place during Operation Crusader
Operation Crusader
from 29 November – 1 December 1941, during the Second World War. Point 175 is a small rise just south of the Trigh Capuzzo, a desert track east of Sidi Rezegh
Sidi Rezegh
and south of Zaafran, with a good view of the vicinity. In early November 1941, the feature was held by German infantry of Division z.b.V
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First Battle Of El Alamein
 Egypt  British Empire India Australia  New Zealand South AfricaCommanders and leaders Ettore Bastico Erwin Rommel Claude AuchinleckStrength96,000 troops (40,000 German, 56,000 Italian) 70 tanks initially[a][1] ~500 planes 150,000 troops 179 tanks initially[b][2] 1,000+ artillery pieces 1,500+ planesCasualties and losses10,000 killed or wounded[3] 7,000 prisoners[4][5] 13,250 casualties[5]v t eWestern Desert CampaignInvasion of Egypt CompassNibeiwa Sidi Barrani Bardia MechiliBeda FommKufra GiarabubSonnenblume TobrukBardia raid Twin PimplesBrevity Skorpion Battleaxe CrusaderFlipper 1st Bir el Gubi Point 175 2nd Bir el GubiGazalaBir HakeimMersa Matruh 1st Alamein Sidi Haneish Alam Halfa AgreementCaravan Bertram Braganza2nd AlameinOutpost SnipeEl AgheilaAssociated articlesFrontier
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