The tide turns against Rommel
3rd November 1942:The German and Italian forces in North Africa are forced into a retreat from El Alamein - even as Hitler orders "victory or death"
After the ferocious tank battles of the 2nd November, which had seen so may of his tanks destroyed, Rommel was realising that the British onslaught could not be resisted. His own diminishing forces were further weakened by a 'critical' shortage of ammunition and petrol. Almost every ship in Tobruk harbour had been bombed, and the British had 'complete command' of the sea and air in the area behind the battlefield.
I’ve made an attempt to salvage part of the army. I wonder if it will succeed. At night I lie open-eyed, racking my brains for a way out of this plight for my poor troops.