Friday, September 09, 2005
O'Connor's plan for Tripolitania
General O'Connor was ready to advance further into Tripolitania from Sirte on February 20th, 1941. Two armored regiments from the 2nd Armoured Division were set to join him soon, and he had 12 cruiser tanks and 40 light tanks left from the 7th Armoured Division regiments. He was ready to send the 7th Armoured Division Support Group forward to Sirte. The 3rd Hussars received all light tanks and the 6th RTR were equipped with M13/40 tanks. The Italians also expected a further British advance. On February 12th, the Germans and Italians were considering the value of sending German forces to Tripolitania. This is based on the account in To Benghazi.