Meanwhile in the Libyan Desert the final push of Operation Compass brought yet another Italian surrender:
Following a lightning advance our troops succeeded in cutting off the enemy line of retreat which resulted in the capitulation of Benghazi on the 6th February. The enemy attempted to break out and made a persistent attack with over 100 tanks, but these were repulsed with heavy losses, including 60 of the latter. The full number of prisoners has not yet been ascertained, but it is understood that they have surrendered in large numbers, and include an Army Commander, a Corps Commander and many other senior officers. Quantities of war material of all descriptions have also been captured.
From the Military Situation Report for the week as reported to the War Cabinet. See TNA CAB 66/15/4 .