Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sep

19

1942

An Officer adjusts to life in the Desert

A Crusader tank of 4th Light Armoured Brigade in the Western Desert, 20 September 1942.

As in other things military, the Australians were very unorthodox in their patrolling methods. They hardly bothered about compasses but went from point to point by means of battle landmarks, utilising everything from broken-down tanks to unburied corpses. One company had a skeleton whom they affectionately called ” Cuthbert,” who was propped up with his arm pointing to the gap in our minefield.