Saturday, February 25, 2006

The German attack on 16 June 1941

As the Germans were able to look at captured documents and continued to benefit by their superb tactical SIGINT capability, Rommel was able to more confidently plan an attack. The 8th Panzer Regiment attacked near Fort Capuzzo, but the Official History says "the 4th Armoured Brigade, the 31st Field Regiment R.A. and the Buffs hammered and broke it [the attack]". The Scots Guards took first Musaid and then the Sollum barracks. Below the escarpment, however, the 11th Indian Brigade continued to be blocked. On the desert flank, the 7th Armoured Brigade and two Support Group forces fought the 5th Light Division. The fight moved towards Sidi Omar, where the rest of the Support Group was located. The Germans tried to split the 7th Armoured Brigade, between the 2nd RTR and 6th RTR, but failed. They did succeed in reducing the briagade to 21 running tanks. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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