Operation Crusader, 1941.

Operation Crusader was a military operation by the British Eighth Army between 18 November–30 December 1941 during the Second World War. The operation relieved the 1941 Siege of Tobruk.

A British Crusader tank passes an abandoned German Panzer IV Ausf.A during Operation Crusader, 24 November, 1941.

A British Crusader tank passes an abandoned German Panzer IV, 24 November, 1941.

A group of Sikh soldiers from the Indian Army during the operation.

A group of Sikh soldiers from the Indian Army during the operation.

An Italian soldier surrendering to an Indian soldier in North Africa at the onset of Operation Crusader.

An Italian soldier surrendering to an Indian soldier in North Africa.

British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank, 27 November, 1941.

British Crusader tank passes a burning German Panzer IV tank, 27 November, 1941.

British patrol at Tobruk.

British patrol at Tobruk.

British tanks advancing in the desert.

British tanks advancing in the desert.

British troops inspect Afrika Korps Pzkpfw IIIs abandoned near Sidi Rezegh during Operation Crusader.

British troops inspect Afrika Korps Pz.kpfw IIIs abandoned near Sidi Rezegh during Operation Crusader.

Damaged Panzer IIIs at Belhamed, 16 December, 1941.

Damaged Panzer IIIs at Belhamed, 16 December, 1941.

Erwin Rommel speaking to German Colone Diesener and Italian General Navarini, North Africa, 21 November, 1941.

Erwin Rommel speaking to German Colonel Diesener and Italian General Navarini, North Africa, 21 November, 1941.

Erwin Rommel speaking to German officers near Tobruk, Libya, 29 November, 1941.

Erwin Rommel speaking to German officers near Tobruk, Libya, 29 November, 1941.

Erwin Rommel with the German 15th Panzer Division in Libya, 24 November, 1941.

Erwin Rommel with the German 15th Panzer Division in Libya, 24 November, 1941.