Monday, August 15, 2005
When General Mackay, commanding general of the 6th Australian Division, arrived at Derna on January 31st, he was appalled by the lack of road discipline. He was also concerned about the obvious signs of looting. The general was not aware of the history, so he made the natural conclusion that it was Australians doing the looting. After his observations about the lack of road discipline, General Mackay wrote instructions to his subordinate commanders on the subject. The immediate need was to prepare to advance to the west, and the division needed to be prepared to face as stubborn resistance as it had at Derna. This is based on the account in Gavin Long's book To Benghazi.