By Ian Lyall Grant
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The 6 Liaison letter No. 1, 9 Aust Div, 26 Mar 1941. Mar 1941 ON THE FRONTIER 15 area was naturally strong i n defence but vulnerable t o encirclement from the south. The protection of the southern flank was the responsibility of the 3rd Armoured Brigade (Brigadier Rimington7 ) and had been left to a shadow force consisting of the 3rd Hussars (with an effective strength of 32 aged, light tank s ) and an infantry support group of two motorised companies of the 1 st Free French Motor Battalion. Forward reconnaissance to the frontier at El Agheila and to the south was being carried out by the 1 st King's Dragoon Guards (Lieut-Colonel McCorquodaleB ) , an armoured-car regiment recently converted to a reconnaissance role.
Williams, CB, CBE, DSO. 1 KDG; GS01(1nt) Eighth Army 1942-43; BGS(Int) 21 Army Gp 1944-45. Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, since 1952. University lecturer; b . 20 Nov 1912. 7 Capt H. R. Howard; 1 KDG. Regular soldier; b. 16 Apr 1920. • Long, To Benghazi, pp. 285-6. 6 18 M I N I M U M F O R C E GUA R D S C Y R E N A I C A Jan-Mar with lack of transport, limit the present enemy threat. 9 In fact Wavell was now acknowledging the possibility that he might be faced with a German armoured force twice as strong as any he himself could field.
The part of the northern escarpment enclosed by the Tobruk perimeter divided above the harbour so as to form two escarpment lines that parted and rejoined within the perimeter. The southern perimeter posts of the fortress were south of the escarpments and looked out across the plateau. West of Gazala, about midway between Tripoli and Alexandria, lay the "hump" of Cyrenaica, where the "Green Mountain", the Jebel Achdar, rose from the desert, gathering winter rain to w ater its slopes. Girdled by the walls of two escarpments, the mountain rose precipitously in three 1 Wadi, a valley or re-entrant.
Burma: The Turning Point: The Seven Battles on the Tiddim Road which Turned the Tide of the Burma War by Ian Lyall Grant