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by joynsonatkinson

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joynsonatkinson
People in story: 
Eric Atkinson
Location of story: 
Libyan Desert
Background to story: 
Army
Article ID: 
A2289792
Contributed on: 
12 February 2004

Resting on top of a Humber in the Western Desert

The rapid retreat by the 8th Army from El Agheila was christened 'The El Agheila Handicap'. The vital port of Tobruk was deemed to be too valuable to loose and it was defended by the 1st Australian Division.

A British brigader thought fit to inspect the troops to boost their morale. 'Have you brave men come up the line to die?' he questioned pompously.

'Naw, we kime up yesterdie,' chorused the tough Australians.

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