Sunday, August 28, 2005

The capture of Barce on February 5th, 1941

After finding the road towards Barce impassible, the 2/8th Field Company was able to construct a ramp down the escarpment that was negotiable by vehicles. After the 2/1st Field Regiment had "fired six rounds bracketing Barce", they could see a white flag and a flare. the artillerymen moved into Barce, which surrendered at 3pm. Australian cavalrymen, led by Major Onslow, entered from the south and found a large ammunition dump. When the 2/8th Battalion reached Barce, their first task was to restored order and stop Libyans from looting. This is based on the account in To Benghazi, by Gavin Long.

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