Thursday, July 06, 2006

At attack at Sciola by the 23rd Nigerian Brigade

The British troops arrived at Sciola on 30 May 1941. They attempted to rush the bridge on the 31st and failed. The 23rd Nigerian Brigade perpared for an assault. The Italians destroyed the bridge and withdrew upstream. One artillery battery was left to defend the shore. The river had a strong current at that spot and the troops were unable to get across. A better crossing spot was found and elements of the 2nd Nigerian Regiment and 5th King's African Rifles were able to cross. The boats had been damaged, so they needed a day to repair and regroup. On 4 June, the rest of the 5th King's African Rifles were able to cross. They were able to defeat the guns on the shore. They took 1,100 prisoners, "nine guns and destroyed 9 more". This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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