D.A.K. war diary entry 18 February 1941

18 February 1941

During morning operation order for 18 February written out and sent over to Italian offices.

Activity of the air force:

Attack with 8 Ju 87 against enemy vehicle concentrations at El Agheila. Several bulls eye hits. Enemy fighter defense shot down 1 Ju 87, two force-landed on return flight. Crews rescued. Also successful attack by 5 Me 110 on enemy AA area el Brega.

Forward Detachment Wechmar remains in area Sirt during day. Ground recce without enemy contact. Reconnaissance flight by Commanding General to the oases south of Buerat and conference at Fliegerfuehrer Afrika in Bir Duffan.

Evening diner with His Excellency Melchiori and some Italian district heads. After that conference with General Gariboldi.

Major (G) Grunow (liaison officer to the air force) force landed at sea during flight to Sicily yesterday. Plane with reports meant for High Command of the Army (O.K.H.) lost. Crew rescued.

Lt.Col. (Reserve) Behrendt from the Staff of the Commander of German Troops in Libya[1] sent to the O.K.H. in Berlin to clear diverse questions and communicate requests.

[1]The name before becoming D.A.K.

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