Friday, July 29, 2005
Tank vs. tank on January 24th, 1941
On January 24th, a tank-vs-tank battle was fought between a force with about 50 Italian medium tanks (probably mostly M13/40s) against the 4th Armoured Brigade. The battle was fought north of Mechili in Western Cyrenaica. The Italian losses were 8 medium tanks knocked out and one captured. The 4th Armoured Brigade lost one cruiser (possibly an A13 Cru.Mk.IV) and 6 light tanks (probably Lt.Mk.VIB). Sadly, the Italians escaped from Mechili, and the 4th Armoured division was left behind in the pursuit. This is based on the account in Vol.I of the Official History.