Monday, January 12, 2015
The 2/27th Battalion assumes the advance-guard role on 12 June 1941 in Syria
The 2/14th Battalion Adjutant suggested to the 2/27th Battalion commander that they could move to the east and out-flank the French position. One company moved through difficult terrain in the hills to the east. Another company moved through Adeisse and then forward to Hassaniye and Maameriye. They took some forty prisoners and some mortars and machine guns. Right on the coast, while this was happening, artillery fire forced the French tanks to pull back. The carriers of the 2/27th Battalion moved along the beach and outflanked the bridge defenders. They took about sixty prisoners and were able to hold the bridge until a platoon arrived after crossing the hills. They eventually took more prisoners, so that they held 200 French soldiers. A flank attack had worked much better than a frontal assault, which makes sense. By nightfall on the 12th, the cavalry and carriers of the 2/27th Battalion had advanced another three miles to the north. They had moved through Rhaziye and only stopped when they were fired on by artillery. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Australian Official History.