Saturday, June 25, 2005

After the fall of Camp Nibeiwa

After Nibeiwa and Tummars were overrun, but before Brigadier Selby was told about the outcome, he sent forces to attempt to block the escape route from Maktila. Sadly, they were too late, and the British forces eventually learned that the 1st Libyan Division had escaped in the darkness. By late afternoon, General O'Connor was wondering what had happened, and as he had received no word, he drove to the Tummar West Camp to meet General Beirsford-Peirse. They would send the 5th Indian Brigade against Tummar East. The 16th (British) Infantry Brigade was sent to the west to block the coastal road that led to Sidi Barrani. The 7th RTR and two field artillery regiments were also sent in motion. This is based on the account in Vol.I of the Official History.

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