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9 December 1940: British Offensive Launched in North Africa

09 Dec

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General Archibald Wavell

General Archibald Wavell

OPERATION COMPASS TARGETS ITALIAN FORCES

The British forces today launched a massive offensive in the Western Desert.  Under the command of General Wavell, Commander in Chief Middle East, ‘Operation Compass’ is a counter-attack designed to reclaim ground gained by the Italians in September. 

The mission was launched at dawn with a heavy artillery barrage and armoured tank advance on an Italian encampment.  Taken by surprise, the Italians were unable to mount an effective defence, though many attempted to fight off the attackers with small arms fire.  By 8.30 am the camp was taken.  Early reports claim that the Italian commanding officer has been killed and some 2000 troops have surrendered.

AIR RAIDS DAWN 9 DECEMBER TO DAWN 10 DECEMBER 1940

Weather  Cold and windy. 

No air raids.

OPERATIONS REPORTS MONDAY 9 DECEMBER 1940

4th Bn THE BUFFS (ROYAL EAST KENT REGIMENT)  1000 hrs  Battalion assumed role of Fortress Reserve Battalion.

2nd Bn KINGS OWN MALTA REGIMENT  Two sections of C Company at small arms anti-aircraft practice on Pembroke Ranges.

8th Bn MANCHESTER REGIMENT  There was an outgoing mail at very short notice.  Floating mines were reported in vicinity of beach posts.  Four mines were exploded and rendered safe during the night. 

2nd Bn ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT  Conference to discuss taking over part of St Thomas Sector.  Details of Fitness Competition issued.   

 

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