Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The Dumping Program: Preparation for Crusader
The hope was that early in the Crusader offensive, that the port of Tobruk could be used to receive supplies sent by sea. The preparations consume the enormous amount of 180,000 gallons of gasoline per day, shipping supplies from the rear. The plan was that once the port was opened, that the Inshore Squadron would convoy cargo ships from Alexandria. "The aim was to deliver 400 tons of cased petrol, 100 tons of bulk petrol, and 600 tons of stores daily." Ever optimistic, the British hoped to have Derna and Benghazi available, and they made plans to prepare the harbours for receiving supply shipments. HMS Glenroy, the landing ship, would carry "two motor launches and eighteen lighters" for moving supplies. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.