Over the Wire--

Africa Corps Bottled Up

CAIRO--German tanks have run through a heavy Allied air and artillery barrage to reinforce Axis troops trapped against the Egyptian coast by Australian infantrymen, but all attempts to break out of the pocket have been beaten back, it was announced tonight.

The Africa Corps was counter attacking desperately all along the 40-mile desert front, fearing that the break-through by Australians at the north end of the line might result in a disastrous turning of the entire German left flank. Berlin reports said Field Marshal Erwin Rommel had gone into the battlefield personally to direct strategy.