Friday, April 28, 2006

Towards the end in Syria

While the 7th Australian Division was fighting along the coast, the 6th (British) Division was fighting to the east. The 16th Infantry Brigade was to advance north on the Damascus-Beirut road on the night of 9 to 10 July 1941. The Free French Marine Battalion, on their right, was stopped, as they were under heavy fire. The 16th Brigade and the Vichy forces facing them fought to a standstill. Still, the Vichy situation was desperate and late on 11 July, General Dentz asked for an end to fighting. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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