15 February 1941: Parade Day

15 February 1941: Parade Day

And we’re moving on with the war diary of the D.A.K.

Meeting of Commanding General with General Raotta[1]. At 13.00 hours parade of A.A.3 and Panzerjaegerabteilung 39 ready in front of the Castello. Afterwards passing of the parade in front of the Grand-Hotel before the Commanding General and the highest Italian authorities.

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While not 100% certain, this picture almost certainly is from the parade held on 15 February. Rommelsriposte.com Collection

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Sdkfz. 231, the famed (although in the view of General Tuker overrated) heavy armoured car passing the commanding officers. Still in field grey base paint, with the commander wearing a tropical helmet. These were quickly abandoned in the field. Rommelsriposte.com collection.

Aftwards short breakfast with General Raotta in the palais of Marshal Balbo[2]. Afterwards Commanding General, Chief of Staff, and General Raotta drive to Carian and Jefren to inspect the position on the high line. Return around evening.

A.A.3 and Pz.Jaeger Abteilung 39 have immediately marched off and around 22.30 hours arrived in Misurata.

[1]Should be Roatta, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Italian Army High Command

[2]Marshal Italo Balbo, a hero of fascism who died when his plane was shot down over Tobruk in a friendly fire incident in 1940.