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Report signed by Auchinleck entitled 'Libya, March 1942', in which he describes the object of military operations; the factors affecting the achievement of the object; the phases of the offensive operations which he expects to commence in mid-May or early June; and his conclusion that the first objective is to secure Cyrenaica, that in securing Cyrenaica his forces must destroy as much as possible of the enemy's army, that to secure Cyrenaica he must be able to maintain sufficient forces in the El Agheila neighbourhood to hold it against heavy enemy attack, and that the sooner an offensive can be launched the better. Typescript.