Monday, September 05, 2005
After the battle on February 7th, 1941
Gavin Long, in To Benghazi, writes that the battlefield, after the fighting ceased, was littered with abandoned and knocked out Italian equipment. There were Lancia and Fiat trucks, many medium tanks painted dark green (almost all M13/40's at this point). He also writes that there were lines of field guns and ammunition, abandoned on surrender. The British took some 20,000 prisoners in the battle. There were 112 Italian medium tanks, large numbers of L3 light tanks, 216 guns, and about "1,500 wheeled vehicles". General Tellara was killed and General Bergonzoli was captured.