Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Australians attack on 20 June 1941 towards the ridge southwest of Damascus

We would say that the Australians newly attacked to the 5th Indian Brigade were unfortunate to be under Brigadier Lloyd's command. In the early evening of 20 June 1941 the 2/3rd Battalion was to attack towards the fortified ridge to the southwest of Damascus. One company was to cut the road to Beirut from Damascus. There were also some Indian troops involved. The ridge had a collection of stone forts. The battalion headquarters had moved into Fort Sarrall. The French eventually took the fort, along with Lt-Col. Lamb. The company whose task was to cut the road to Beirut was successful, and set up a roadblock. They proceeded to stop and capture oncoming traffic. Surprisingly, there were still and officer and two soldiers from the Royal Fusiliers. They were sent back to the brigade headquarters, escorting prisoners. Early on 21 June 1941, the Australians prepared to attack Fort Goybet, which was strongly held. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Australian Official History.

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