Panzergruppe Intelligence Assessment 27 November 1941

This report was received on 28 November.

Arko 104 was forced by night attacks of 2 New Zealand Division to evacuate Belhamed. Around 11.00 hours aerial reconnaissance detects numerous enemy tanks in the area 30 km northeast of B. el Gubi, driving northwest (4 Armoured Brigade). Based on report that German tank columns on Trigh Capuzzo are driving west, 4 Armoured Brigade is turned northeast. 22 Armoured Brigade (until now employed with 2 New Zealand Division) also has to cease its advance towards the northwest and turn around, to attack the opponent threatening the rear of 2 New Zealand Division. Around 15.00 hours 22 Armoured Brigade alone is in combat with German tank forces (21 Panzer Division). 4 Armoured Brigade receives order to accelerate its advance, since it would be too late otherwise. English air attacks are tasked against the German tank formations. Around 15.30 hours 4 Armoured Brigade arrives on the battlefield. Heavy combat continues into the evening. Also today renewed breakout attempts by the opponent in Tobruk. During late afternoon limited successful attacks by Arko 104 target El Duda. In the area southeast B. el Gubi remain remnants 1 New Zealand Brigade, 7 Rifle Brigade, and 22 Guards Brigade. It has to expected that the opponent will also tomorrow continue attack to unite with opponent in Tobruk, probably also by involving enemy forces standing at B. el Gubi.