Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Merjayun in the third phase in Syria
Brigadier Berryman had made an unsuccessful attempt to recapture Merjayun, and then backed off, until reinforcements could be found. On 24 June 1941, the 2nd Battalion, the King's Own Royal Regiment arrived. They were nominally assigned to the 16th Infantry Brigade. In this campaign, battalions seem to have been used freely, independent of their brigade or division. The King's Own Royal Regiment was able to retake the town of Merjayun, but they were blocked from any further advance. Brigadier Galloway's new brigade, the 23rd, was replacing 7th Australian Division troops in this area. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.