Union Jack flag flown in defiance during the Siege of Tobruk being displayed for the first time.

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Pictured: Mrs Jean Robinson. <br />
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A Union Jack flag flown in defiance during the Siege of Tobruk is being displayed for the first time alongside a Nazi swastika flag captured during its liberation.<br />
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The Allies held out for eight months in the face of an Afrika Corps onslaught until they were freed by the 8th Army in November 1941.<br />
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The German commander Erwin Rommel was surprised by the aggressive attack, codenamed Operation Crusader, and forced to retreat at a pivotal juncture of the North African campaign.<br />
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In the ensuing chaos, the swastika flag was captured from an 88mm flak gun locker by the advancing 8th Royal Tank Regiment.<br />
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The flags will go on show from next month as part of the new World War Two: War Stories exhibition at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset.