Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Chapter 23 Sidi Rezegh is Lost makes interesting reading
We are very fortunate that New Zealand has made thei official history available online. Chapter 23 "Sidi Rezegh is Lost" makes very interesting reading, because it highlights the sad state that the 8th Army was in, due to the poor performance of the army commander, the 13th and 30th Corps commanders, and General Gott, 7th Armoured Division commander. The command issues were aggrevated by difficulties in communications, partly due to inefficiencies introduced by poor cryptographic systems. This indictment from the New Zealand Official History is particularly telling: "Both Corps remained out of step with events and tended to guard against the previous rather than the current emergency".