Thursday, April 14, 2005
The 9th Australian Division in February 1941
In February 1941, General Blamey told General Wavell that he should use the 9th Australian Division in Libya, and send the 6th Australian Division to Greece. Brigadier Moreshead had been recently promoted to be the 9th Australian Division commander. The division had not really been assembled in the field, at this time. It was missing units, and had other units under its temporary command. They were the target of the initial probing attacks by the newly arrived German reconnaissance battalion. When enough of the 5th Light Division had arrived, Rommel attacked, and caught the British and their allies flat-footed.