Saturday, June 30, 2007
The British continued to fight dispersed in late December 1941
Friday, June 29, 2007
The Australian War Memorial site has a page about the Douglas Boston
Thursday, June 28, 2007
As the Axis air forces were forced to the west, the number of fields from which they could operate was sharply reduced. One effect was to jam too many aircraft onto the remaining fields. That offered good targets, of which Air Vice-Marshal Conyngham took great advantage. At Benina, alone, there were 62 German and two Italian aircraft on the field when the British arrived.
The Axis had a few successes, as 22 tanks arrived on 19 December 1941 at Benghazi for the 8th Panzer Regiment. Another 45 were lost when two Italian cargo ships were sunk on 13 December.
I was interested to read that the 7th Armoured Division had been reduced to the support group by 21 December. The 1st Armoured Division was the latest arrival, and that division replaced the much depleted 7th Armoured Division. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The RAF from 18 December 1941
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
After the change of plans
Monday, June 25, 2007
The 22nd Guards Brigade WAS Bencol
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The Soviet T-28 tank
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Some recent book acquisitions
John Norris, illustrated by Mike Fuller,
88 mm FlaK 18/36/37/41 & PaK 43 1936-45,
New Vanguard 46, Osprey Publishing, 2002.
David Fletcher, illustrated by Peter Sarson,
Crusader Cruiser 1939-45,
New Vanguard 14, Osprey Publishing, 1995, reprinted 2002.
Steve Zaloga, Peter Sarson, T-34/76 Medium Tank 1941-1945,
New Vanguard, Osprey Military, 1994.
Steven J. Zaloga, Jim Kinnear, Andrey Aksenov,
and Aleksandr Koschchavtsev,
Soviet Tanks in Combat 1941-1945:
The T-28, T-34, T-34/85 and T-44 Medium Tanks,
Armor at War Series,
Concord Publications Company, 1997.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Bencol on 18 December 1941
The 11th Hussars (armoured cars)
one squadron, the 2nd Royal Gloucester Hussars (14 Stuart tanks)
51st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (presumbly with 25pdr guns)
From the 22nd Guards Brigade:
3rd Coldstream Guards
2nd Scots Guards