Friday, September 30, 2005
The attack on Giarabub
Thursday, September 29, 2005
General Wavell wanted to send the Australians at Siwa to Greece
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
In January 1941 at Siwa
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Siwa reinforced in December 1940
Monday, September 26, 2005
Preparation at Siwa for the attack at Giarabub
Sunday, September 25, 2005
The border region in the south: Giarabub
Wargame pieces from late 1970's and early 1980's
These are a sample of what we were using as wargame pieces in the late 1970's and early 1980's. They were reduced to 1/16in = 1 foot scale and colored with colored pencils. Now, they could be colorized digitally. They need to be cleaned up, but it seemed like they might prove useful to someone. There are more, including higher-quality drawings done in ink at 1/48 scale.
This is the link to the complete sheet that had these as a small part.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
The warning of a counter-attack in February-March 1941
Friday, September 23, 2005
The Capture of Barce in February 1941
Late February 1941: Germans in Libya
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Late February 1941 in Cyrenaica
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Wavell's plan for Greece
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
More about February and March 1941 in North Africa
Monday, September 19, 2005
The air force was stripped from O'Connor's force
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Withdrawal in February 1941
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
Gavin Long argues that the resources were available for an advance to the west in February 1941
Thursday, September 15, 2005
In January 1941, Wavell's stall believed that capturing Tripoli was feasible
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Late February 1941: an opportunity lost
In late February, Axis forces in Tripolitania were very weak. The four Italian infantry divisions were short of artillery, the Ariete division only had light tanks, and there were only several German battalions, one of which was a reconnaissance unit with armoured cars. The HQ of the 5th Light Division arrived in Tripoli on February 21.
General Wavell didn't want to have to supply forces so far to the west, so he was against a further advance. General Dill (CIGS) supported him. They blocked any further advance at a time when it might have succeeded. Instead, they would be faced with another two years of war in North Africa, instead of ending it right then. Instead, they embarked on the Greek adventure, which was doomed to fail from the start, due scale of forces that could be committed and the difficulties on the ground.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Good books about the Australians in WWII
- Australia In The War Of 1939-1945 Series 1 Army, Greece,Crete And Syria, Gavin Long.
- Australia In The War Of 1939-1945 Series 1 Army: TOBRUK & EL ALAMEIN, Barton Maughan.
Another good book is
- Springboks in Armour, the South African Armoured Cars in World War 2, Harry Klein.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
February 10-12, 1941
Saturday, September 10, 2005
German concerns in January and February 1941
Friday, September 09, 2005
O'Connor's plan for Tripolitania
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Churchill had never liked the advance into Libya
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
The 6th Australian Division enters Benghazi
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Correlli Barnett on victory at Beda Fomm
Monday, September 05, 2005
After the battle on February 7th, 1941
Sunday, September 04, 2005
The situation on February 7th, 1941
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Other actions on February 6th, 1941
The fighting at the head of the Italian column eventually tapered off as darkness fell. So far, 10,000 Italian prisoners had been taken. Those forces that had broken through the 4th Armoured Brigade moved south towards Combe's road block. There were about six layers of knocked out Italian vehicles and tanks at Combe's position. "Combeforce" was attacked by about 30 tanks at 8pm. Mines accounted for three and artillery for another, but four tanks and 30 trucks moved past the road block and headed for Tripolitania.
Earlier in the day, the 1/KRRC "had attacked the Sceleidima fort". Two of their carriers were mined in the attack. At 10am, they could see 10 medium tanks leave the fort and escape. At 10:30am, elements of the 7th Armoured Division Support Group moved in and found that the fort had been abandoned. One 11th Hussars squadron advanced to Soluch, which also had been abandoned. The greater part of the Support Group arrived at 4pm.
This is based on the account in To Benghazi.