Thursday, December 31, 2009
More air fighting over Harpoon on 14 June 1942
Monday, December 28, 2009
The first air attack on the Harpoon Convoy: 14 June 1942
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The Harpoon Convoy Ships
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The Harpoon convoy sails
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Air forces to support the Harpoon and Vigorous convoys
Albacore No.830 (FAA) Nos. 821 and 826 (FAA)
Beaufort No.217 No.39
Blenheim Nos.203 and 13 (Hellenic)
Hudson No.459 (RAAF)
Spitfire No.2 PRU
Swordfish (A.S.V.) No.815 (A.S.V.)
Wellington (torpedo) No.38
Wellington (A.S.V.) No.221 (Detachment) No.221
There were also 95 Spitfire fighters on Malta after 9 June 1942
divided between Nos.126, 185, 249, and detachments from Nos.601 and 603 squadrons.
There were also night fighter Beaufighters in No.1435 Flight
and a No.235 Squadron detachment from the U.K.
As we indicated, this is based on the notes in Vol.III of the Official History.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The irony of Malta and June 1942
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The situation right before the 1st Battle of El Alamein
Friday, December 11, 2009
Action in the air from 29 June 1942
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The 10th Corps Plans breaks out
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
General Gott orders the withdrawal on 27 June 1942
General "Strafer" Gott was the 13th Corps commander in the Eighth Army. At 7:20pm on 27 June 1942, General Gott issued the pre-arranged code word to his units telling them to start the withdrawal from the Mersa Matruh vicinity. He reported the news to Eighth Army headquarters which promptly issued a similar code word to 10th Corps.
Brigadier Inglis decide to use his best unit, the 4th NZ Infantry Brigade, to lead the breakout. The rest of the New Zealand Division would follow. As luck would have it, Brigadier Inglis took the division headquarters and the 5th NZ Brigade on a separate route that took them into the 21st Panzer Division leaguer, causing chaos. The New Zealand Division headed east to their rendezvous, reaching it on 28 June. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.