Friday, June 1, 2012

Jun

1

1942

The assault on Bir Hacheim resumes

A Bren gun carrier crew take the surrender of a survivor from a burning enemy tank, 1 June 1942.

The German and Italian losses were great in those early days, with legionnaires and colonials attacking their tanks with grenades and Molotov cocktails. Men would stumble from their burning vehicles in flames, desperately rolling in the sand. The suffering was appalling, and as all of us had the most enormous respect for those we were fighting we found it very difficult to watch helplessly.