John Pope - Tobruk township and harbour
Tobruk, the township itself, and the harbour, were being constantly bombed and there were sunken ships in the harbour and the township itself was just about wrecked altogether. They were trying to, having been an Italian post, the Germans had plans and knew exactly where everything was and one of their main objectives was the water supply.
They said if they could deny us water, the battle was half won but we always managed to get water and they always managed to bring naval craft up with reinforcements and supplies as well. Those ships, the captains of those ships were endangering not only their crews but the whole ships itself. As I said, there were plenty sunken naval ships in the harbour itself.