Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Plans for "Oasis Force"
One of the subsidiary operations planned in support of the main offensive in November 1941 was for Oasis Force to take Jalo, a landing ground that would be built 100 miles northwest of Jarabub could be shielded. The idea was to have a field from which to bomb Benghazi. Part of the plan was a deception where the southern operations were made to be seen as being larger and more important than they actually were. An elaborate buildup of dummy "camps, dumps, dummy tanks, and an appropriate volume of spurious wireless traffic was maintained". Meanwhile, Oasis Force would mount harrassing operations against the Axis southern flank. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.