Sunday, September 04, 2005
The situation on February 7th, 1941
General O'Connor ordered the 6th Australian Division to send a brigade to Ghemines on February 7th, 1941. The 7th Armoured Division Support Group would move south along the road and track that paralleled the road. Meanwhile, at 6:30am, Combe's road block was attacked. Two RHA guns knocked out the lead tank and damaged others, but were knocked out, themselves. The 2/Rifle Brigade attacked, and the whole Italian column surrendered, shortly after 7am. One Italian medium tanks (probably a M13/40) wouldn't surrender and moved into the British position, until a damaged gun from the 106th RHA knocked it out. All Italian resistance ended before 9am. This is based on the account in To Benghazi.