Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jun

16

1942

The ‘Gazala Gallop’ gets under way

A 25-pdr field gun firing at night, June 1942.

A troop of heavy artillery pieces were attacked by German tanks which closed in under the range of the guns. The men stood to attention by their pieces after the guns were spiked and awaited capture. They were shot to a man. The only men who escaped were the ammunition files some distance behind the guns. Whether this deed was committed out of sheer savagery or because of the inability to take prisoners no one knows.