8 March 1941
Arrival and Departure of Subordinated Troops
Arrived in Tripoli:
Regimental Staff, Pz.Regiment 5, II./Pz.Regiment 5
The Commander goes into the forward line and to the blocking position at the salt lakes. Around midday he instructs the commander of Div.Ariete regarding his new sector and discusses all measures to be taken. During the evening General Rommel returns to Tripoli.
Pz.Regiment 5 was the armoured force element of 5.lei.Division with eight tank companies in two battalions. II./Pz.Regiment 5 was its second battalion, with companies 5, 6, 7, and 8.
The salt lakes at el Agheila created a natural blocking position, because they could not be crossed easily or at all by motorised forces. They therefore channeled any possible advance.