Rommel arrived in El Mehili led seven tanks and four mobile guns, field kitchens, trucks and wireless machines. Desert bridgehead surrendered. Six generals and 2,000 soldiers fell into the hands of the Germans. Rommel's plan was a success; fearing to be cut off, the British were forced to abandon Cyrenaica. It is characteristic for this land, the most beautiful and fertile in Libya, because of the huge ridge to the north it is impossible to defend against the enemy, coming from the west or the east. An attacker can always break through the desert and thus maneuver to bypass defenders. A few hours after the fall of El Mehili Germans reached the sod and occupied its streets and airfield. But Rommel ordered not even stop here. No warning Gariboldi, no shortage of fuel for cars could not stop Rommel. Literally at the last drop of gasoline he dragged himself to Bardiya April 9 the Germans defeated the little fort and the next day crossed the Libyan-Egyptian border in Shallum.