Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dec

11

1942

The Eighth Army advance reaches Agheila

General Montgomery, GOC 8th Army , inspecting a coastal defence gun at Benghazi, 7 December 1942.

They fought very bravely, and the crew of one gun allowed Tom’s tank to get within fifty yards of them before firing. Unfortunately for them, they missed him, only carrying away the ration boxes on one side of the tank, and he overran the gun, actually crushing one of the crew under the tank. In this action, the M.O. was badly wounded, and for a long time was in danger of losing an arm and a leg. But later we heard that he had managed to keep both, although they would never be 100 per cent useful again. His driver was killed outright.