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Operation Agreement: Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk

by John Sadler,
The Jerusalem Post, August 19, 2016

In September 1942, as the first stage of an attack on Tobruk – a strategic port in North Africa controlled by the armed forces of Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany – the English authorized a surprise raid. The operation, called Operation Agreement, included a special-forces unit comprised of German Jews who were tasked with trekking across 2,900 kilometers of desert, disguised as German soldiers transporting prisoners of war. They had to destroy Tobruk’s fuel installation, then withdraw, while another unit approached from the sea, using folding kayaks, and hit the harbor facilities.


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