Thursday, June 23, 2005

A small tidbit about the attack on Bardia in January 1941

The 6th Australian Division was eager to attack Bardia. Their sole fear was that the Italians would escape before they could attack. For the attack, General Mackay was given "120 of the 154 available guns". The 7th RTR was also there for the assault. They had managed to get 23 tanks running. Their main problem was lack of spare parts. They were equipped with Inf.Mk.II Matilda tanks. The 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, a machine gun battalion was also available for the assault. The only available unit not to take part was the 16th Infantry Brigade, a British unit.

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