The 'Gazala Gallop' begins
16th June 1942: Rommel had succeeded in turning the British line in North Africa - now units in danger of being cut off start a hasty retreat
In the Desert Rommel had broken through the British defensive line in the middle of the Gazala Line. His forces were now heading north-west towards Tobruk. British forces lying east of Tobruk were now outflanked and in danger of being completely cut off.