General Bernard Montgomery stands beside an M3 Grant command tank near Tripoli, Libya. 27th of January 1943.

General Bernard Montgomery stands beside an M3 Grant command tank near Tripoli, Libya. 27th of January 1943.

General Bernard Montgomery stands beside an M3 Grant command tank near Tripoli, Libya. 27th of January 1943.
So in late Oct. 1942, Montgomery launched Operation Lightfoot. British tanks and other forces moved under cover of massive artillery barrages through minefields against dug-in German positions. By November 2, Rommel was in a rapid withdrawal east, sacrificing troops by the hundreds to try and keep his lines of retreat open.27th of January 1943.