Sunday, April 23, 2006

Early July 1941 in Syria

By 6 July 1941, the 4th Cavalry Brigade had contacted the RAF armoured cars working with the Free French. They reached Furglus on 7 July. This is 20 miles from Homs. Supplies could now flow through Damascus to them. In the last phase of the campaign in Syria, the 10th Indian Division, commanded by General Slim, was ordered to enter Syria from Iraq. They would be protected by No.127 Squadron, which had 4 Hurricanes and 4 Gladiators. The 10th Indian Division took Deir ez Zor on 3 July. They took 9 guns and 100 prisoners. The Official History suggests that many defenders must have escaped. The defenders had been part of the 2nd Light Desert Company, most of which had been captured at Sukhne on 1 July. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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