Friday, November 2, 2012

Nov

2

1942

El Alamein – the Eighth Army launches ‘Supercharge’

Posed photograph of infantry sheltering from 'enemy shellfire' beside a knocked-out German PzKpfw III tank, 2 November 1942.

A couple of Messerschmitw had dropped a few bombs behind us and about a dozen Sherman tanks, rolling on chattering tracks had just made their noisy and dusty way through our guns to support the attack. There was a certain roused air of confidence as it was predicted that this could be the day of the break out from the bridgehead. A few shells in the ritual of the dawn chorus were coming our way canvassing for death, but nothing much to worry about.