Sunday, March 20, 2005
The First Encounter: 20 February 1941
Finally, on 20 February 1941, King's Dragoon Guards troop commanded by Lt. Williams had an encounter with shots enchanged with German armoured cars, with the leading units of the German Afrika Korps. The KDG as equipped with Marmon-Herrington Mk.II's with a MG and an anti-tank rifle. The Germans were almost certainly equiped with a 20mm gun and MG's. The German commander in this engagement was, interestingly enough, captured in November, during the Crusader battles. When the Germans started to actually, push, the British positions in Libya collapsed, and Tobruk ended up besieged and the main British front was on the Egyptian border.