Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Desert Raiders

The December 1941 equivalent of Special Forces had been tasked to harass the Axis forces. The Oasis Force had joined with the Long Range Desert Group and Special Air Service at Jalo. From there, they cut across through the desert to the northwest, headed towards Agedabia. They crossed the Wadi Faregh south of Agedabia and then turned to the northeast and followed the wadi to Giof el Matar, which they reached on 22 December 1941. Tamet airfield and Agedabia's airfield were both hit, the former being hit twice. They claimed to have destroyed between 20 and 30 aircraft, all Italian. General Godwin-Austen hoped to mount an attack, as well in late December. In the event, nothing significant was achieved. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.

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