NEWS FROM THE FRONT
No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do.
4th April, 1941 : From Agedabia, recaptured on 2nd April, Rommel unleashes his offensive in Cyrenaica in three directions: to the north towards Benghazi, north-east to Msus and Mechili and eastwards to Ben Gama and Tengeder, thus threatening the British lines of communication. He has available the German 5th Light Motorised Division (which he sends partly in the direction of Msus and Mechili and partly, with the Italian Ariete Division, to Ben Gama and Tengeder) and the Italian Trento and Brescia Divisions, which he directs on Benghazi. To defend Libya the British commander, General Sir Philip Neame, has the 2nd Brigade, the 2nd Armoured Division, the Australian 9th Division and and Indian motorised brigade. General Neame has been ordered to withdraw in the event of a large-scale attack by the enemy, since there are no reinforcements. Rommel therefore meets with little or no resistance, and on the same day, 4th April, his troops enter Benghazi. In danger of being surrounded from the north, the British retire eastwards.