Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The divisional cavalry bags a wanted foe

In an ambush at the Wadi Derna, troops of the Italian 86th Regiment had fired on the 6th Division Cavalry's medical aid post. The cavalry men had "sworn revenge". On February 4th, 1941, Lieutenant Mills led a troop along a road in the north through Beda Littoria and towards Luigi Razza. At Luigi Razza they encountered a group of 300 forelorn Italian troops marching along the road. The cavalry fired a burst of machinegun fire over their heads and they surrendered. They were part of the 86th Regiment. Two carriers were sent to escort the prisoners to the rear and the rest advanced until they reached another break in the road. This is based on the account in To Benghazi.

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