Saturday, September 03, 2005

Other actions on February 6th, 1941

The fighting at the head of the Italian column eventually tapered off as darkness fell. So far, 10,000 Italian prisoners had been taken. Those forces that had broken through the 4th Armoured Brigade moved south towards Combe's road block. There were about six layers of knocked out Italian vehicles and tanks at Combe's position. "Combeforce" was attacked by about 30 tanks at 8pm. Mines accounted for three and artillery for another, but four tanks and 30 trucks moved past the road block and headed for Tripolitania.

Earlier in the day, the 1/KRRC "had attacked the Sceleidima fort". Two of their carriers were mined in the attack. At 10am, they could see 10 medium tanks leave the fort and escape. At 10:30am, elements of the 7th Armoured Division Support Group moved in and found that the fort had been abandoned. One 11th Hussars squadron advanced to Soluch, which also had been abandoned. The greater part of the Support Group arrived at 4pm.

This is based on the account in To Benghazi.


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