D.A.K. war diary 27 February 1941

27 February 1941

Arrival and departure of subordinated troops

Arrived in Tripoli

M.G.Batl. 8, 5. (Pi.) M.G. Batl. 2, 1/2 Supply Services Pz.Rgt.5, Staff Quarters 5.lei.Div.[1]

Air force attacks English patrol area el Agheila and destroys it. Afternoon renewed attack on dug-in enemy forces.

At 12.00 hours a parade is taking place in front of the castle of the troops which arrived on the 4th naval transport column. March past of 2 AA batteries, the VW platoon of A.A.3 and one supply column, while on their way to the frontline.

13.00 hours at the invitation of the Commander a lunch is held at the Hotel Uaddan for His Excellency Gariboldi, His Excellency de Rubeis (Vice Governor) and His Excellency Aimone Cat, and several high-ranking Italian officers.

During the afternoon the Commander, accompanied by Major Schräpler, inspects the positions guarding Tripoli on the road Tripoli – Homs. Evening ships of the 5th naval supply column enter the harbour of Tripoli, with the whole of M.G.Batl. 8, one engineer company, the divisional staff and other units.

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Original colour picture of men and supplies being unloaded in North Africa, unknown place and location. Rommelsriposte.com collection.

At 21.00 hours the Commander presents a short overview of the situation on the Libyan front to a commission of officers arrived from Berlin and Rome. Afterwards a conference is held, covering especially the supply situation.

Notes

[1]These were Machine Gun Battalion 8, the 5th (engineer) company of Machine Gun Battalion 2.

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