Thursday, September 01, 2005
The British tank regiments on February 6th, 1941
As more British tank regiments arrived at Beda Fomm, they were increasingly engaged against Italian tanks. The British had support from artillery, so they were able to successfully engage superior numbers. The 2/RTR was resupplied with ammunition and then returned to the fray with only 6 cruiser tanks. They immediately fought an action against 15 Italian tanks with trucks on the road. The 3rd Hussars and the 7th Hussars fought a large group of tanks. At the same time, the 1/RTR arrived and immediately attacked 30 Italian medium tanks that were trying to break through to the south. Along with their attached artillery battery, they drove the Italians back to the northwest. This is based on the account in To Benghazi.