Monday, July 04, 2005

The capture of Bardia

The Italians losses at Bardia were immense. They had lost 40,000 men, killed, wounded, or prisoners. The booty included:
  • 400 guns
  • 13 medium tanks
  • 117 light tanks
  • 200-300 vehicles
"The Corps Commander, General Berganzoli escaped." The Italian army in Libya lost 8 divisions to Operation Compass, as of early January 1941. The British response was to send the 7th Armoured Brigade to cut the road west from Tobruk. The infantry was quickly sent towards Tobruk. General O'Connor knew well how to do blitzkrieg.

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