Monday, June 25, 2007

The 22nd Guards Brigade WAS Bencol

I had not gotten picture that in fact the 22nd Guards Brigade WAS Bencol. I had assumed that Bencol was an adhoc battlegroup (which it seems to have partly been). The majority of the force was two 22nd Guards Brigade battalions: the 3rd Coldstream Guards and the 2nd Scots Guards. Bencol was sent past Tegender, south of Mechili, and then was split between Antelat and Msus. They were eventually at Antelat by the 15th Panzer Division. The 7th Support Group eventually joined the northern group at Msus and then swept south to support the southern group at Antelat. With the Oasis Force coming northward from Jalo, the three Italian infantry divisions formed a defended position at Agedabia. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.

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