Friday, May 11, 2007

The RASC comes through on 29 November 1941

The RASC performed extremely well on 29 November 1941, in large part due to the leadership of Brigadier Clifton, the "Chief Engineer of the 30th Corps". A large convoy gathered "near Fort Maddalena". There were more than 250 lorries in the convoy. They had been loaded at the "No. 62 Field Maintenance Centre". Brigadier Clifton, who was a New Zealander, had led the convoy, which included some Stuart tanks and which was escorted by South African armoured cars, for about forty miles to resupply the New Zealand division. The Stuarts were for the 4th Armoured Brigade. The convoy moved down the escarpment to a position near the Trigh Cappuzo. Sadly, the brigade that received the supplies was later overrun by Ariete Division tanks. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.

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