September 1942 - With Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British special forces unit, composed of German Jews who serve with the British despite the mutual resentment between both, kidnap a Canadian officer who is an expert topographer and who is held prisoner by the Vichy French in Algeria. The officer, Donald Craig, must negotiate a company of British and German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing against Tobruk's massive fuel storage base - a mission that sees one impediment after another, and which discovers an undetected German armored force ready to win the battle of Egypt. Written by
Michael Daly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I first saw "Tobruk" when it first came out in 1967. It is an entertaining action picture that delivers plenty of thrills.
The main flaw of this picture (like so many American war movies before and since) is that German and Italian armour and vehicles are represented by Korean War - era American equipment. However the high budget "Battle of the Bulge" and the Oscar - winning "Patton - Lust for Glory" had the same fault.
If "Tobruk" was being made nowadays,greater care would be taken to ensure that vehicles and equipment were correct for the period.
Interestingly the cinema poster for this film shows the Germans using Panther tanks,a type which never saw action in North Africa as it had its combat debut at the Battle of Kursk in the Summer of 1943.
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