Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mar

14

1943

Night patrol on the Mareth Line

A Valentine tank carries infantry during an exercise, 12 March 1943.

At 5.30 a.m. there was a stand-to, trying hard to come to terms with an alien scenery of valley, hills and vegetation, the outcrop of rocks in the foothills so perfect for concealing an 88 or a troop carrier. We were on the receiving end of shelling throughout the day, not heavy but enough to get our shovels active and our slit trenches a few inches deeper.