Saturday, February 17, 2007
The 5th Panzer Regiment on 25 November 1941
Rommel had redirected the 5th Panzer Regiment on 25 November 1941 and had them attempt to push north towards Sidi Omar and beyond. The blundered into British artillery and were stalled with the loss of some tanks. General Messervy could see the action from his HQ. Later in the afternoon, the 5th Panzer Regiment tried to push north again, and were eventually forced to withdraw, due to the heavy artillery fire. They had only 25 tanks left, after losing 18 in their failed attempt to move north. The second attack was met by artillery near the 7th Indian Infantry Brigade. There wre the 25th Field Regiment, the 68th Medium Regiment with 6in howitzers, "a Battery of the 2nd South African Anti-Tank Regiment", and LAA guns from the 57th Light Anti-Aircraft Battery. The latter were probably Bofors 40mm guns. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.