NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
5th February, 1941 : In Cyrenaica the British 4th Armoured Brigade and the armoured cars of the 11th Hussars succeed in cutting off the Italian column making for Agedabia from Benghazi.
By dusk General O’Connor’s men have penetrated far westwards into southern Cyrenaica. The 4th Armoured Brigade is approaching Beda Fomm, where the Italians are hastily concentrating for what may prove to be their last stand. A 5,000-strong column – Italian gunners and civilians – surrenders south-east of Beda Fomm.
Hitler writes to Mussolini expressing his unhappiness at the way Italian commanders are conducting operations in North Africa; he offers his ally the help of an armoured division on condition that the Italians hold firm in the interim and do do withdraw as far as Tripoli.