Sunday, February 25, 2007

The DAK withdrawal from the frontier

This is also from the Official History. The 115th Motorized Infantry Regiment was sent to attack at Sidi Azeiz. They "overran the headquarters of the 5th New Zealand Brigade". They were able to resupply from the captured supplies. The rest of the 21st Panzer Division headed west from Bardia and were blocked by the 22nd NZ Battalion, a machine gun company, some field artillery, anti-tank artillery, and AA artillery, with transport. The 21st Panzer Division had to move south to the Trigh Capuzzo to make progress to the west. At Sidi Omar, "the 5th Panzer Regiment and 3rd Reconnaissance Unit filled up with captured petrol". They then attacked the 4th Indian Division, but ran into trouble and withdrew. They eventually joined the 15th Panzer Division and were able to refuel from British vehicles that had been captured. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.

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