This is the story of the Axis powers attempt to take control of Greece, the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Suez Canal. Hitler pressured the Italian Navy to take more initiative and attack the Royal Navy of Great Britain. Without any aircraft carriers, the Italians did not fare well, so control of the Mediterranean remained with the Allies. In North Africa, the German Africa Corps led by Irwin Rommel defeated the British at Tobruk, but ultimately failed on the whole thanks to both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy for keeping the supply lines open. In the end, Rommel was forced out of Africa all together. The Suez Canal never left Allied control.