Panzergruppe Intelligence Assessment 9 December 1941

Enemy Behaviour 9 December 1941

The enemy follows Panzergruppe, which retreats in a northwesterly direction from the area B. el Gubi on both sides of the Trigh el Abd. Radio reconnaissance recognised 4 Indian (inserted: Division) (22 Guards Brigade and 11 Indian Brigade) and 4 Armoured Brigade here. The presence of 7 Rifle Brigade in the area south el Adem has not been confirmed. This brigade must now be presumed in the area west of B. el Gubi. Stronger reconnaissance forces pushed south B. el Gubi towards Hacheim. No significant enemy movements were recognised further south. The opponent in Tobruk kept quiet. No enemy movements were noted in the area Gialo – Giarabub – B. Ben Gania.

Panzergruppe Intelligence Assessment 8 December 1941

  1. Enemy Behaviour on 8 December 1941

    Enemy forces followed up from the area east and south-east el Adem (probably 1 South African and 7 Rifle Brigade) and the area around B. el Gubi (11 Indian, 22 Guards Brigade, 4 Armoured Brigade). Air reconnaissance noted large conglomerations of motor vehicles in the area of Tobruk. Line B. el Gubi – Hacheim – Tengeder thus far only weak enemy reconnaissance forces.

  2. Overall Impression

    An enemy focus at Tobruk (inserted: and around) B. el Gubi is recognisable.

Panzergruppe Intelligence Assessment 7 December 1941

Enemy Behaviour 7 December 1941

Enemy forces in the area B. el Gubi were further reinforced. For example, 22 Armoured Brigade was recognised there, which apparently at least partially has been rebuilt. The attack planned by D.A.K. together with Corps Gambara [italian mobile corps] did not happen, since the latter corps did not arrive on time.

Tobruk again received a number of ships. Enemy group Gialo is feeling ahead on Agedabia and has occupied el Sahabi. Strength of this mobile formation according to radio reconnaissance:

3/2 Punjab

2 South African Field Regiment

2 reconnaissance battalions

1 AT company

1 AA battery