A FRIDAY not to be forgotten

FRIDAY's special Juma Blessings

 

Blessed IMAM brings freedom and happiness to our ailing world:

 

Rusaifa proud, writes:

“Descriptions of the Qaid Aanashid count immensely difficult and Saqr Arab Identity descriptions sole leader.”
الرصيفة الابية
أوصاف القايد ياناشد صعيب العد وصقر عروبتنا الاوحد أوصاف القائد

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 Friday special Juma prayers to ALLAH:

 

“Children of Sheikh Abdul Salam Al Asmar”, on FB:

 

“We reject the reconciliation with the traitors ~ we want our children alive.”

“GREAT SON”, on FB writes:
We follow ALLAH, Who fills our hearts illumined by faith and guides our path on the road to the right;
And we set the firm certainty that no compromises, no matter what the wind does not storm winds …
Whatever powerful .. continue our struggle and our struggle and our country ..

our goal and our cause and our goal.

We will not accept a substitute for the dignity, honor and Shoumoukh.

Would overfed in the history of Euclid

Parents and grandparents with their blood ………

We would not turn in the glory of his home-made commander ..

Albdoah tent and pride, heritage and history …
Ringer West Baklba believer and determination is stronger than the size of their plots

and their strength, and Dsaishm
School of Arabism and nationalism and the struggle and the challenge ..

We are all confident in God and in the
Brown sleeves to be able to achieve in the arena of pride and glory
Not on the offices of politicians and Dhalas Bargainers infinitely necks of curvature
And compromising and subservient and lie …………………………….

We Believe us that God promised victory to His slave and defeated the parties alone ….
The truth here and not there on the pages of defeatists Here are cowards Bashaúrha
Began touched us. Loomed and blew it on the emergence …………

Do not despair …

with the will nor the place to withstand weakness in the epic .. so are
Manhood, and so are men ..

and so are not so honorable and Silks
Every salute you, salute all the heroes ..

you Yamen you make to the world lessons in steadfastness and patience and fortitude ..

Greetings to you from the love of the son of the soil of fathers and forefathers and NHL history honor
And heroism and dignity …

all salute you honest and Sharifat national …………….

Mr. Tammam

And always we will be steadfast …. … steadfast … and with God’s help victors.
نحن معنا الله الذي ملأ قلوبنا بالايمان وأنار دربنا بالهداية على طريق الحق
وثبتنا باليقين الجازم الذي لا تزعزعه الرياح مهما كانت عاتيه …ولا العواصف
مهما كانت قويه ..مستمرون في كفاحنا ونضالنا ..وطننا غايتنا وقضيتنا وهدفنا
.لن نرضى بديلا عن الكرامة والشرف والشموخ .لن نفرط في تاريخ سطره
الاباء والاجداد بدماءهم ………
لن نسلم في مجدا صنعه قائدا..بيته الخيمة وعزته البدواة والتراث والتاريخ …
قارع الغرب بقلبا مؤمن وعزيمة اقوى من حجم مؤامراتهم ودسائسهم وقوتهم
مدرسته العروبة والقومية والنضال والتحدي ..نحن كلنا ثقة في الله وفي
سواعدنا السمراء القادرة على تحقيق المراد في ساحات الفخر والمجد
لا على مكاتب ودهاليس الساسة المساومون القابله اعناقهم للانحناء
والتفريط والخنوع والانبطاح …………………………….
نحن معنا الله الذي صدق وعده ونصر عبده وهزم الاحزاب وحده….
الحقيقة هنا وليست هناك على صفحات المتخاذلين الجبناء وها هي بشائرها
بدأت تهل علينا .ولاح فجرها على البزوغ …………
فلا يأس مع الارادة …ولا مكان للتخاذل في ملحمة الصمود .. هكذا هي
الرجولة وهكذا تكون الرجال ..وهكذا هن الشريفات وهكذا يكن الحرائر
فكل التحية لكم ايها الابطال ..كل التحية لكم يامن قدمتم للعالم دروسا في الصمود والصبر والثبات ..تحية لكم من إبن عشق تراب اباءه واجداده ونهل من تاريخهم الشرف
والبطولة والكرامة … كل التحية لكم شرفاء وشريفات وطني …………….

تمـــام سيـــــدي

ودائما سنكون…صامدون …. ثابتون … وبعون الله منتصرون

IT’s NOT RUSSIA, or any other nation, BUT LIBYA (by her own people) to be the Liberators of the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA…
“Zero hour” on FB rightly comments:

Thought it realistic look!!
Handsfree often silent and spoke Hamza often silent and spoke revenge Sirte and silent and spoke struggle and silent, and now speak on behalf of assets, does Cisct is also, I advise you to not wished people things may be Srabiah the paybacks will be inversely If you do not happen,
Today most of the Facebook pages talking about why there will be surprises in the parade of the Russian Federation planned to happen tomorrow??, And cheered people and hung him high hopes as mentioned them brother as the assets as if the victory and the liberation of Libya will come by the Red Square, they will celebrate its victory heavily on Nazi acquitted in red,
Is it in 2011 were not found and whether Russia is now just created???
Popular proverb says (what Dyer Wolf what dog hater),
Victory and liberation come by and armed popular revolution in all across Libya!!
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THEREFORE, ONLY BY THE ARMED POPULAR REVOLT of the LIBYAN PEOPLES THEMSELVES, will there be a Legitimate and successful LIBERATION !

 

 

عتقد انها نظره واقعيه !!
تكلم الحر كثيراً وسكت وتكلم حمزه كثيراً وسكت وتكلم ثأر سرت وسكت وتكلم كفاح وسكت , والآن يتكلم باسم الصول , فهل سيسكت هو ايضاً ,, أنصحكم بأن لا تمنّوا الناس بأشياء قد تكون سرابيه فأن مردودها سيكون عكسياً في حالة عدم حدوثها ,,
اليوم معظم صفحات الفيس بوك تتحدث عن ماذا سيطرأ من مفاجآت في الأستعراض العسكري للاتحاد الروسي المزمع حدوثه غداً ؟؟,,واستبشروا الناس وعلقوا عليه امالاً كبيرة كما ذكر لهم الاخ باسم الصول وكأن النصر وتحرير ليبيا ستأتي به الساحة الحمراء ,, انهم سيحتفلون بنصرهم الكبير على النازيه في ساحتهم الحمراء ,,
وهل في عام 2011 لم تكن روسيا موجوده وهل هي خلقت الآن فقط ؟؟؟
المثل الشعبي يقول ( ما داير الذيب ما كاره الكلب ) ,,
النصر والتحرير تأتي به الثورة الشعبية و المسلحة في كل ربوع ليبيا !!

 

 

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RAT LIBYA NEWS:

 

“Rafla and honorable against tails Mzrath”, on FB, INFORMS US:

URGENT!!!

Warning of Rjoa publishing a wide range 

Aaftnoa Aalippin scheme to eliminate the fertility of the earth, the Libyan
Aaftnoa Aalippin Mihak against you, thanks to a flurry Grime and abjection
Aaftnoa Aalippin Saiholon land south to Lake Salts
Satantha fertile ground Saintha production of wheat and barley
Saigdon stocked waters Great Man-made River.

Environmental changes:
Doctor gave a specialist in the field of environmental lecture at the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 16 -2 – 2010 theme solve the problem of rising sea waters caused by the melting of snow due to the high surface temperature phenomenon known as global warming(!!) or the greenhouse, and the idea of solving (REALLY –you expect us to believe this “reason” ?) this problem is discussed by the lecturer drilling Channel freely from the Gulf of Sirte to the depth of the Libyan desert.

This channel will start down into decline because the level of the land in the south of the Libyan low above sea drilling after the flow of water to the desert and self Sttgma sea water resulting from melting ice in the Arctic in the Libyan desert.

Among the attendees student Libby objected and said to Dr.:

By what right do you want to Ngrkoa (Flood) our country. He said to him the future of this project will have a double benefit because the transfer of sea water into the Libyan desert will contribute to reduce the levels of sea water. On the other hand, the evaporation of the water in the Libyan desert will be pulling on a rainy and these clouds will make Libya owns you see a huge rainstorm and possibly transform the Libyan desert into forests Kmakant millions of years ago.

Dr about this project that the future of Libya is now considered an important goal of the studies on this idea and said clearly that this matter is currently studying in U.S. universities and will present the idea to Libya to carry out the project with funding from the “International Monetary Fund.” [see! THE ZIONISTA are in on this fabled ‘scheme’.]

there any study of this subject from the other party, who named Libya??

Where environmental experts and the Libyans and where the Libyan media planners Libyans??

What about the future of the Libyan groundwater and the GREAT MAN-MADE River’s future, and the future of the industrial inventory of Libyan oil and the future of the climate and environment of the Libyan Jamahiriya ,and the Libyan coast and the Libyan humans?

(We must STOP) Dr. Bashir Abul Qasim Alstaoy of London

and Hedda explains probably continue to displace the people of Tawergha.

My friend, Isa project launch day al-Qathafi, was developed device called a draft study linking sea or desert or Balsboukhat or the like and was anchor point west of Brega at Camp Guard facilities …..

but Muammar al-Qathafi COMPLETELY rejected the project and rejected the idea of linking perhaps for security reasons or because this is a political project will lead to the separation of Libya into two parts apart naturally …….

In addition to the sinking of the downtown area to the whole of Libya humans to Ajdabiya to the oases areas almost ……. It is now trying to put this ZIONISTA AGENDA anew; and it is certain that this has been an agenda very suspicious .. …..

and the Patriots must stand up against this project …

ورفلة الشرفاء ضد ذيول مزراطه

تحدير ارجوا النشر بنطاق واسع
افطنوا ياليبين للمخطط للقضاء على خصوبة الارض الليبية
افطنوا ياليبين لمايحاك ضدكم بفضل فورة الوساخة والحقارة
افطنوا ياليبين سايحولون ارض الجنوب الى بحيرة املاح
ساتنتهي خصوبة الارض ساينتهي انتاج القمح والشعير
سايقضون على مخزون مياه النهر الصناعي العظيم

تغيرات بيئيه
القى دكتور متخصص فى مجال البيئة محاضرة فى جامعة غلاسكو يوم الثلاثاء الموافق 16 -2 – 2010 موضوعها حل مشكلة ارتفاع مياه البحار الناتج عن ذوبان الثلوج بسبب ارتفاع درجة حرارة سطح الأرض فيما يعرف بظاهرة الدفيئة أو الإحتباس الحراري وفكرة حل هذه المشكلة التي ناقشها المحاضر هي حفر قناة بحرية من خليج سرت إلى عمق الصحراء الليبية. هذه القناة ستبدأ بالإنحدار للإسفل لأن مستوى الأرض في الجنوب الليبي منخفض عن سطح البحر وبعد الحفر ستتدفق المياه ذاتيا إلى الصحراء وستتجمع مياه البحر الناتجة عن ذوبان الجليد في القطب الشمالي في الصحراء الليبية. وكان من ضمن الحاضرين طالب ليبى اعترض وقال للدكتور: باى حق تريدون ان تغرقوا بلدنا. فقال له هذا المشروع المستقبلي ستكون له فائدة مزدوجة لأن نقل مياه البحر إلى الصحراء الليبية سيساهم في خفض مستويات مياه البحر. وفي الجانب الأخر فإن تبخر هذه المياه في الصحراء الليبية سيساعد على تكون سحب ممطرة وهذه السحب ستجعل ليبيا تملك تروة مطرية هائلة وربما ستحول الصحراء الليبية إلى غابات كماكانت قبل ملايين السنين. وقال الدكتور عن هذا المشروع المستقبلى إن ليبيا حاليا تعتبر هدفا مهما للدراسات حول هذه الفكرة وقال بوضوح ان هذا الامر يدرس حاليا فى الجامعات الامريكية وسيتم عرض الفكرة على ليبيا لتنفيذ المشروع بتمويل من صندوق النقد الدولى.
فهل هناك من يدرس هذا الموضوع من الطرف الآخر الذي أسمه ليبيا؟؟ وأين خبراء البيئة الليبيين وأين الإعلام الليبي والمخططين الليبيين؟؟ وماذا عن مستقبل المياه الجوفية الليبية ومستقبل النهر الصناعي ومستقبل المخزون النفط الليبي ومستقبل المناخ الليبي والبيئة الليبية والسواحل الليبية والإنسان الليبي؟
الدكتور بشير أبوالقاسم الشتيوى – لندن
ءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءءء
هذا المشروع طرح ايام ما كانت ليبيا جماهريه وتم استحداث جهاز سمي مشروع دراسة ربط مياه البحر بالصحراء او او بالسبخات او ماشابه وكانت نقطة الربط غرب البريقة عند معسكر حرس المنشأت ….. غير ان القياده انداك رفضت المشروع ورفضت فكرة الربط ربما لاسباب امنية او سياسية لان هذا المشروع سيؤدي الى فصل ليبيا الى جزئين بفاصل طبيعي ……. بالاضافة الى غرق منطقة وسط ليبيا بكاملها من بشر الى اجدابيا الى مناطق الواحات تقريبا ……. ومن يحاول الان طرحه من جديد فالاكيد ان لديه اجندة مريبة ……. وعلى الوطنيين ان يتصدوا لهذا المشروع …..وهدا ما يفسر ربما اﻻستمرار فى تهجير أهل تاورغاء.
صديقي عيسى المشروع طرح ايام القذافي وتم استحداث جهاز سمي مشروع دراسة ربط مياه البحر بالصحراء او او بالسبخات او ماشابه وكانت نقطة الربط غرب البريقة عند معسكر حرس المنشأت ….. ولكن معمر رفض المشروع ورفض فكرة الربط ربما لاسباب امنية او سياسية لان هذا المشروع سيؤدي الى فصل ليبيا الى جزئين بفاصل طبيعي ……. بالاضافة الى غرق منطقة وسط ليبيا بكاملها من بشر الى اجدابيا الى مناطق الواحات تقريبا ……. ومن يحاول الان طرحه من جديد فالاكيد ان لديه اجندة مريبة ……. وعلى الوطنيين ان يتصدوا لهذا المشروع …

Mu’ammar al-Qathafi:

(QUOTE): “…I gave people houses/hospitals/schools/money/democracy…
I helped to make Libya into farmland from the desert…”

Officials warned that UN airstrikes on, or disruption of the [GMMR] Great Man-Made River‘s pipelines could cause a humanitarian and environmental disaster. 
Presently, with only the Ajdabiya Reservoir [which holds just a month’s supply of water] “pure freshwater from the south must continue being pumped because without it Benghazi would die,” says Ivekovic.


The First three stages [up until when NATO imposed the WAR] of the Great Man-Made River project, already offered limitless amounts of water for Libyans; and upon completion [if ever NATO disappears], it will allow them to be totally self-sufficient, and because water equates money and power in the near future, other countries may be dependent on its reserves. A self-sufficient nation with control over the world’s most precious resource waves a big red warning flag for the West [and the East]. Mu’ammar al-Qathafi foresaw this.

At a celebration event for the project in 1991, he told the audience:

“After this achievement, American threats against Libya will double…”

The Axis of Prey.

Libya, a hot, dry, dusty country, under the  leadership of Muammar al-Qathafi, completed what was known as the largest infrastructure project in the world. A man-made, underground river was created that provided drinking water to 70 percent of the Libyan people and held the potential of turning wastelands into farmlands – that is, until US/NATO bombs destroyed its pumping stations.

Back in 1991, at the gala opening of the Great Man-made River project, Muammar al-Qathafi said to the invited

dignitaries and assembled crowd,

“After this achievement, American threats against Libya will double. The United States will make excuses, [but] the real reason is to stop this achievement, to keep the people of Libya oppressed.”

His words were prophetic.

The luscious GREEN MOUNTAIN fertile Valley:


Representing family farms, seed businesses and organic growers.

Libyan Agriculture and Daily Farming.wmv

Libyan Agriculture and Daily Farming. Great Man River expande the fertile lands over Libyan Desert

and achieve more fertile Lands to Libyan Farmers.


Farming the Desert: Colonel Qadhafi’s Dream
Masatoshi Miichi
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University; Director, Chuo University Library
Area of Specialization: Western history

Colonel Qathafi entrusted his dream for the Libyan people to develop a robust national economy, which would be firmly rooted in indigenous technology and not be needlessly swayed by global economic trends, to this large-scale archaeological survey.
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06 NOVEMBER 2013 THE PRESENT DISASTER IN LIBYA !!!

The effects of the chaos in Libya to import food stretch ..

TRIPOLI (Reuters) ::

impede the problems of payments and the chaos and corruption importers Libyans from entering into great deals to buy wheat while representing another setback plaguing the country that came out where things are out of control two years after the fall of THE GREAT JAMAHIRIYA at the hands of militants and raids of NATO.In the latest example of these problems says Mills Tripoli biggest wheat importer, they may have to postpone its next big deal of wheat unless the state begins to pay about 71.8€ million owed by the Company for the previous imports.For months malfunction militia members Libyan oil exports , the main source of state revenues to feed its population of six million people subsidized bread sold for two years for a loaf.

And there is no signs of lack of food , but quite the opposite is still available and cheap bread. But grain traders in the global market say that the top buyers of Libyans now face difficulties in concluding deals . Exporters fear abroad of non – payment of dues by the agreed deadline and additional risks as a result of unloading cargo in ports chaotic because of armed militias.

Said Mustafa Abdul Majid Idris , head of Tripoli mills that buy wheat from global markets and sells flour and other processed foods for the state to sell via the support system that the government owes the institution about 69.43€ million.

He told Reuters , “If we do not get our money within two weeks will not be available to us the funds required to open new letters of credit and other deals to buy. “

Idris said that without that you get the dues from the state may have the institution that was owned by the government in the past to postpone an order for the purchase of 50 thousand tons of wheat to help meet the needs of capital for a period of three months.

The RAT GNC Libyan “government” maintains that the country will not face any trouble in financing imports and the economy minister said Mustafa Abu Vas told “Reuters” that Libya will be settled any bidding problems facing the private sector importers.

He added that the RAT GNC “government” monitors the private sector so that if any problems occurred facilitate the movement of trade across their relations and resolve some of the problems faced by imports.

But in a country where kidnapped by heavily armed militia members last month, Prime Minister, the GNC RAT “government” ‘s ability to fulfill its obligations always in doubt.

Within the framework of the system much moved away from the central since the civil war that toppled the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA, no longer import huge quantities of wheat on their own and instead pay mostly for about 35 of the private mills for companies to do the job.

The largest of these companies are the Mills Tripoli , which was owned by the state in the era of the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA, is responsible for grinding about 40 percent of imported wheat and extend capital, pasta and semolina, animal feed and other products , as well as the provision of subsidized flour to bakeries . It is now a private company.

Idris said that the government has pledged to pay the dues of private companies to import greater quantities of wheat than usual this year and it is currently facing difficulties in fulfilling these commitments.

He said they opened a lot of letters of credit for concern over the lack of food, but the state has become now forced to pay what it contracted and face difficulties in solving the problem.

He said that the increase in the number of contracted tenders will push the government to spend about 1.5 billion Libyan dinars ( 0.87€ billion ) to support the bread this year, more than 500 million dinars from the usual payments.

According to sources in the foreign trade and shipping sectors that some exporters have become more reluctant to deal with Libya. And decreased volumes of shipments destined for Libya in recent months.

He said commercial source based in the Middle East , ” the general atmosphere there is chaotic . Careful note of the largest companies to participate in international trade in primary commodities trades . ”
And added , ” There are also issues related to payments and the opening of letters of credit takes a long time . There are also risks related to the country and the risk of delay in unloading and demurrage ” the fines paid by dealers shipping in the event of delay in unloading shipments unexpectedly.

Since the overthrow of the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA, in the CIA-led uprising of their created “Arab Spring ” only where the West intervened militarily, the Libyan RAT GNC “central government” has failed to contain the militias or security in the country.

In contrast to the poorer Arab countries which saw (fake) “revolutions” in 2011, Libya ‘s oil wealth was seured to provide for most of its citizens a reasonable amount of decent life. But it also led to the adoption of the state population in the provision of food and jobs.

The situation deteriorated this summer, when the GNC was unable (or did not really desire) to disable the militias most oil exports in the ports to stop the main source of government revenue.

While the fact that the “Central Bank” has huge reserves of oil sales , said Prime Minister Ali Zaidane last month, that the opposition in Parliament deliberately obstructing budgetary payments in an attempt to topple the “government”.

European dealer said that he believed that Libya still has enough money to pay for food imports but corruption and confusion makes it impossible to conclude the great deals.

“I think that the problems relating to the situation of chaos in the “government” and the rampant corruption which in turn causes a lack of funds . Suspect that funds are available, but the government is working hard in some areas and still cannot make the payments .

“Lack of supervision and uncertainty means that corruption is turning into an epidemic . Trying to do business with the government activities has become a nightmare. “

And another European trader said that the situation seemed harder in western Libya near the capital Tripoli compared to the Middle where major mills company succeeded in the city of Benghazi in the purchase of 50 thousand tons of wheat last week.

“In the my opinion suffer devices in Tripoli from almost a standstill. Benghazi already bought 50 thousand tons of wheat but of course there are concerns about whether they will get their dues. Expect to get. “

At the end of the day the GNC “government” may be forced to stop the massive support program which offers cheap bread and authorities believe that 40 percent of the subsidized bread simply wasted.

The price of 40 loaves of bread, the price of one pack of Coca-Cola . The Libyans feed sometimes bread for their animals and end up with a lot of it to the trash.

He said Lippi named Massoud runs a bakery crowded in Tripoli ” does not buy less than ten loaves of only a few people. ”
He was speaking while a cornered customers 50 loaves of bread baguette in a box .

Libya imported 1.8 million tons of wheat last year, or six kilograms per person per week. And expects to International Grains Council data imports to fall slightly to 1.7 million tons this year.

Because of corruption and smuggling moving some of subsidized wheat to neighboring countries are to be sold at market prices.
In a country where now only desert fertile agricultural land on a small area overlooking the coast is not a little domestic production. [UNDER THE GREAT JAMAHIRIYA, al-Qathafi’s desert reclamation program saw agricultural farming well into KUFRA and the Sahara of Death Valley.]

The chief said that wheat production is expected to reach production of 100 thousand tons this year , down from 260 thousand in 2010 , which is mainly due to power outages and damage to agricultural machines during the war in 2011.
( Dollar = 1.2440 Libyan dinars )

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Gaddafi: Prince of Water من الواحات النائية معمر يجلب الماء للشعب

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Here are shown working farms and production

Libya’s fertile farmlands of the Rouge Valley 

Representing family farms, seed businesses and organic growers.

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“Rafla and honorable against tails Mzrath” on FB, writes:

Rotten and falling Nizar Kawan member of the “MB ruling Justice and construction” conference donkeys said:

“We are the most miserable deputies on earth.”

(NURI “APE” ABU BUSHMAN)
I Bnicolh you contemptible and Anzl shot down and spoil Makhlq God on earth
Aajerdan because you flock to corrupt Aakhlaq and an asset to you and Ashraf
Just Analat Khamrh.

الفاسد والساقط نزار كعوان عضو حزب العدالة و البناء فى مؤتمر الحمير قال: نحن اتعس نواب علي وجه الارض
وانا بنقوله انتم احقر وانذل واسقط وافسد ماخلق الله على وجه الارض
ياجردان لانكم قطيع فاسد لااخلاق ولااصل ولاشرف لكم
مجرد حتالاث خامرة

RATS at PLAY by NONA:

 

 

Invalidity of the election corrupt and despicable Ahmed Meitik for prime minister

Fatwa Committee and the law expired health decision not to head the National Conference of

no donkeys No. 36 on the selection Meitik Prime Minister and therefore it may resolve considering

that the decision of the Fatwa Committee of the Supreme Judicial Council’s decision is binding on all administrative bodies.

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Aldbebh and his son Osama, Libyan Jews, who stole GREAT JAMAHIRIYA investments and bought foreign

properties through Chesterton Humberts of London.

Published by the Wall Street Journal published yesterday a lengthy report on the corrupt and contemptible son Sacred Jewish Aldbebh and who sold Libya and the sharing of its property and its investments with foreign countries, including Britain, Turkey, Italy, Qatar and France the company of others of Mafia Libyan opponents of the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA with foreign nationalities and others exist now home and foreign keen on survival for these reasons ..

Rotten colorless originally Aldbebh and his son Osama, bought the largest real estate agency in the UK and its name Chesterton humberts
The roots of this agency in 1805 and is with a strong reputation in the real estate market for high-end English class and foreigners in London.

Source: The Wall Street Journal and this link for entry on the subject:

RAT Libya’s Hunt for GREAT JAMAHIRIYA Assets, Leads It to High-End U.K. Property Firm
Family of Former Aide Ali Dabaiba Believed to Have Put Money into London’s Chesterton Humberts

By MARGARET COKER, DAVID ENRICH and BENOÎT FAUCON, on 07 MAY 2014.

A former senior member of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qathafi’s inner circle, took a stake in the high-end London real estate agency, Chesterton Humberts, around the time of the 2011 “CIA/ MI-6”-led uprising.
TRIPOLI, Libya—The name of London real-estate agency Chesterton Humberts exudes English affluence. But in early 2011, as the CIA-led insurrection engulfed Muammar al-Qathafi’s GREAT JAMAHIRIYA, a stake in the London firm was quietly acquired by the family of a al-Qathafi insider, according to a person close to the family.

The insider was Ali Dabaiba, who for decades ran a powerful Libyan government agency and was part of the inner circle known as “Companions of the Leader,” said Libyans who know him. Amid the chaos of the Arab Spring, the deal shifted some of the Dabaiba family’s wealth to the London property market, where purple Chesterton Humberts signs dot many neighborhoods.

Investigations on suspicion of embezzlement and abuse of office, is Mr. Dabaiba, (said Libyan Attorney General Abdulqader Radwan in an interview in his Tripoli office).

“The Present (RAT) State of Libya believes that the estate agency…Chesterton Humberts is part-owned by Ali Ibrahim Dabaiba or his brother or sons,” saying that a document was sent early this year to a U.K. law-enforcement agency by investigators.

A similar document was sent to authorities in the British Virgin Islands.

The documents, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, state that a former Chesterton Humberts director told investigators he brokered the deal in which the Dabaiba family invested in Chesterton. The documents requested international help in uncovering Dabaiba family interests.

نشرت صحيفة وول ستريت جورنال الصادرة يوم امس تقريرا مطولا عن الفاسد والحقير ابن الحرام اليهودي على الدبيبة والذي باع ليبيا وتقاسم املاكها واستثمارتها مع دول اجنبية منها بريطانيا و تركيا و ايطاليا و قطر و فرنسا صحبة اخرين من المافيا الليبية من معارضي النظام سابقا ذوي الجنسيات الاجنبية و اخرين موجودين الان بالداخل ويحرص الاجنبي على بقائهم لهذه الاسباب..الفاسد عديم الاصل علي الدبيبة وابنه اسامة اشترى اكبر وكالة عقارات في بريطانيا واسمها Chesterton humberts
وتعود جذور هذه الوكالة الى سنة 1805 و هي ذات سمعة قوية في سوق العقارات للطبقة الراقية الانجليزية والأجانب في لندن.

Faraj Hussein Hassan al-Shalabi, known as Ahmed Abdullah al-Libi :

(posted on “Rafla and honorable against tails Mzrath” in Facebook)

Almhakiqin recognition in front of the Americans by the competent authorities in the investigation of the death of Ambassador Alamarki, to Faraj al-Shalabi about the prison situation before and after the catastrophe of February.

Look at what he said,

(Unfortunately, and I say bitterly, seven days a prisoner from 2004 to 2011 in Abu Salim prison – and was under the GREAT JAMAIRIYA– were better than the months that I spent in prisons in Libya after the ” ‘revolution’ of 17 February” )

Faraj Hussein Hassan Al-Shalabi customary
One of the main accused in the murder of the U.S. ambassador and Mdbera process.
Born in Prairie City and its inhabitants, known in Afghanistan, (b Ahmed Abdullah al-Libi) escaped in June 1995 and moved from Libya to Sudan and then to Syria and then returned to Sudan and then to the left (in Jalalabad, Afghanistan).
He lived in Afghanistan briefly and went to Pakistan and lived there and came back to live in the city of Jalalabad, as a result of the pressures of the Pakistani government after the inauguration of Pervez Musharraf government and remained there until entering the U.S. invasion to Afghanistan and Adtrr then proceed to the Tora Bora mountains and into the Pakistani city of Peshawar and married there and remained there.

In 2004 he was arrested there, on the back of an agreement to Libby Pakistani in Pakistan about 3 months, jailed him, and later brought in through a private jet to the Libyan state, and deposited into the security prison outside Tripoli,

and then transferred to Ain Zara prison and then to Abu Salim, where he stayed for six years; and then, left him on February 15 Two days before the 2011 Nakba, almost by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, with a group of others,
after he gave promises alleviation unrest in Benghazi and swear on it.

اعتراف امام المحقيقين الامريكيين من قبل السلطات المختصة في التحقيق في مقتل السفير الامركي لفرج الشلبي عن وضع السجون قبل وبعد نكبة فبراير انظروا ماذا قال ,(للأسف وبمرارة أقولها، طيلة أيام سجني من عام 2004 وحتى عام 2011 في سجن أبوسليم – وكانت في فترة حكم القذافي – كانت أفضل من الأشهر التي قضيتها في سجون ليبيا بعد ثورة 17 فبراير)فرج حسين حسن الشلبي العرفي
أحد ابرز المتهمين في مقتل السفير الامريكي ومن مدبيري العملية .
من مواليد مدينة المرج وساكنيها، والمعروف في افغانستان بـ (أحمد عبدالله الليبي ) هرب في يونيو 1995 واتجه من ليبيا إلى السودان ومنها إلى سوريا ثم عاد إلى السودان وغادر بعدها إلى (جلال آباد في افغانستان)
عاش في افغانستان فترة بسيطة وخرج إلى باكستان وعاش هناك ورجع سكن في مدينة جلال آباد نتيجة لضغوطات الحكومة الباكستانية بعد تولي برويز مشرف الحكم وبقي هناك حتى دخول الغزو الأمريكي إلى أفغانستان واضطرر بعدها التوجه إلى جبال تورا بورا ومنها إلى مدينة بيشاور الباكستانية وتزوج من هناك وبقي هناك .
وفي العام 2004 قبض عليه هناك على خلفية اتفاق ليبي باكستاني وسجن في باكستان حوالي 3 أشهر وسلم بعدها في طائرة خاصة إلى الدولة الليبية وأودع في سجن الأمن الخارجي بطرابلس، ثم نقل إلى سجن عين زارة ثم إلى أبوسليم مكثت هناك 6 أعوام وخرج منه في 15 فبراير 2011 قبل النكبة بيومين تقريبا عن طريق سيف الاسلام القذافي مع مجموعة اخرين ,
بعد ان اعطى وعودا بتخفيف حدة الاضطرابات في بنغازي واقسم على ذلك

NATO CLIENTS:

Wayne NATO
..
The names of the group that visited the NATO Headquarters in Brussels
• Nabil al-Shaibani (the capital) TV
• Osama Yas (news) TV
• Salah thyme (news) TV
• Bashir Blaau (Libya 1) TV
• Abdullah Sharrad (Fezzan) TV
• Fatima Marian (BBN) TV
• Mohammad Agha (Misurata) TV
• Mahmoud Masrati (new Libya) Press
• Abdel Moez Bannon (Facebook) social networking
• Khalifa Alepeshpash (Facebook) social networking
• Magdi Naala (U.S. Embassy Libya)

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TRIPOLI:

Did you know that despicable A. Gneoh store weapons and Aldkhirh under the Green Hospital

in the hospital basement baggage information from a person served with him ?

TRIPOLI GREEN HOSPITAL renamed TRIPOLI AMERICAN HOSPITAL:

 

 


BEN ACHOUR:

May 8. 2014. Pictures. Armed militias citizen kidnapped in front of totally ignorant people in

the area of Ben Achour, in the capital Tripoli and put it in the back of the car and going

to him to an unknown location.

 

News about hearing the powerful explosion near the Corinthia Hotel.

SALAH-al-DIN:

Long live the State of tykes
Grime state Jerdanih
Killing three policemen and kidnapping three others in the Salah al-Din in Tripoli and a security alert after the city witnessed a severe episode due.

 

“Rafla and honorable against tails Mzrath”, on FB reports:

Long live the State of tykes bastards
State of immorality and Almkhanb stateless original Honor
Armed robberies targeting afternoon Republic Bank branch Martyrs’ Square in Tripoli and in the heart of the capital,

in an area teeming with government and banking interests, commercial and a few hundred meters from the Tripoli local council.

 

Body was found lying on the beach resort of Sinbad the heart of the capital.

 

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GREEN NAFUSA WESTERN MOUNTAINS:

RISHVANA:

Reason Aamcklh baggage and Rishvana is that the Comptroller of the Secretariat of Justice and

our selfless beautiful Commander, was financial controller in Qatar and then, rode the wave and named

Azhar Kasher lose a total masked in OS

and pulled him from the car, and with him his son, and then knead the car chase by any August S

and has a raid group and there were battle with police and the group ravine Asham Sahina.

 

“Youth Congress Libyan tribes year”, on FB:

Rafla and honorable against tails Misurata who
Lied to expose the traitors who Astnasroa Balghaza tails on their tribe and their cousins 

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ZLITEN:

 



NATOs bombings again severely damaged the Great al-ASMAR mosque in Zliten, after the successful, but expensive,

repairs and modification from the SALAFI bombings of 28 AUGUST 2012.

The restoration (before this week’s NATO bombs):

The Mosque, as it once was:

The tomb of Sheikh ASMAR renovated:

 

The tomb as it looked when Muammar al-Qathafi years earlier gave reverence to it:

Mu’ammar al-Qathafi attending secretly celebrations at the Mosque, (few days prior to the SALAFI terrorist bombings) on 24 AUGUST 2012:

 

“Children of Sheikh Abdul Salam Al Asmar”, on FB:

“We reject the reconciliation with the traitors ~ we want our children alive.”

Tribe people ~ they put the martyr Salem term in the morgue, a neighborhood ~

martyr Hussein Walter had tortured him more suffering and they burn with fire ~

Shaheed Mohamed Basir had tortured him even entered the intensive care unit

and even in the care was not spared of torturing him to death ~

one of our heroes have dropped him From the second floor of the hospital, which infected several releases ~

Hamza Alati did not know his fate until now ~ How Nsaleh this clique of corrupt ~ Amassalha with traitors.

 

Any one of the children of Sheikh Aalmassalha speak with the parents claimed the tribe is considered a traitor ~
We do not want reconciliation with these corrupt clique ~
we want our children alive.
To Amassalha with traitors and agents of NATO ~
Amassalha with treachery of our children were killed and abandoned our children and our women and
burned our homes and our children were tortured to ~
Amassalha tribe with parents that were demolished Drich grandfather Sheikh Abdulsalam brown.

 

PURE GREEN FLAG (al-ASMAR MOSQUE):

 

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BANI WALID:

 

Nona writes-in:
Valley Noawir elderly and poor are still Aidamh well greased to cram the Day of Resurrection.

Said Sheikh Abdul Salam Asmar p Bin Walid.

ورفلة الشرفاء ضد ذيول مزراطه

من مشاركاتكم
Nona
وادي شيوخه نواوير وفقراءه هم ايدامه مازال مدهون بالخير للحشر يوم القيامه.ما قاله الشيخ عبد السلام الاسمر ع بن وليد

 Muammar al-Qathafi wrapped-up in the desert:

 

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CYRENAICA:

SIRTE:

Fire track down ash
Hacmte Baahlk Aasaqth Hacmte Baaamamk Amamk and sons, who were residents of Sirte, are all Manrminhm
God damn God damn God damn you
Despicable safe aviary Member Conference donkeys Conference prostitution moral want to run for the
House of Representatives (monkeys) by the Department of Sirte
Hovoha Aaarb Sirte honorable and God’s Krmoha.

SVER:
YANKS BANG SIRTE AGAIN !

Shahi mint
The bombing by a U.S. aircraft to Tchoaah supporters in the area of Sirte Zver.

(Picture shown is from 13 MARCH 2014)

 A Piece of History:

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/Australia/Bengazi/Benghazi-11.html

Chapter 11
Beda Fomm and Benghazi


THE troops on the ground made no contact with the enemy on 3rd February, but the pilots of scouting aircraft brought in increasing evidence that the Italians were withdrawing from what was left to them of Cyrenaica. They had seen columns of vehicles moving west from Luigi Razza, Maraua and even Marsa Brega, 150 miles south of Benghazi; more significantly the enemy had evidently abandoned the aerodromes at and near Benghazi. General O’Connor had decided late on the 2nd that if he struck with his armoured force (as he had planned) on 12th February, it would be too late, and therefore ordered General Creagh straightway to move his division to Msus whence it could advance to Soluch across the line of the Italian retreat. At the same time he ordered General Mackay to continue to pursue the enemy along the roads that led over the Jebel Achdar, ferrying forward a unit at a time if need be.In response to this instruction Mackay on the 3rd ordered Brigadier Savige to move one battalion forward the following day to Slonta to relieve a detachment of the armoured division, and another to Luigi di Savoia on the northern road. Thereupon Savige ordered King of the 2/5th to occupy Cyrene next day, Walker of the 2/7th to occupy El Faidia, and placed Porter of the 2/6th in command of a column, including that battalion and detachments of artillery, engineers and machine-gunners, to advance to Slonta. (In fact the armoured detachment had found the Mechili-Slonta track impassable and had not reached Slonta.)

In the meantime, however, Robertson, chafing at the delay imposed on his brigade and anxious to hasten the pursuit and to lead it, urged Mackay that the next move should be made by a fully-motorised force if the enemy was to be caught. Mackay told Robertson to spend the rest of the day on vehicle maintenance but to be ready to advance at short notice.

An infantry division did not possess enough motor vehicles to move all its men and equipment on wheels at the same time; it was a force of foot- soldiers attended by trucks and vans which transported heavy equipment and supplies. About one-third of its men normally rode in these vehicles, but to each infantry platoon of, say, thirty men there was only one truck, the conventional duty of which was to carry the heavy weapons, ammunition and rations. An infantry battalion could be motorised only by the employment of a reserve motor transport company or by borrowing vehicles from other units and thus, for the time, immobilising those units. By “cannibalisation”, by commandeering of captured Italian trucks, and employing the trucks of the 16th Brigade now stationary at Tobruk (its proposed move to Mechili had been cancelled), the 6th Division had contrived to maintain enough vehicles to keep it supplied with its needs and, when troops had to be moved forward rapidly over long distances, to transport a brigade at a time. Mackay could now continue the advance

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at top speed only by reducing his six forward battalions (three having already been left behind in Tobruk) to three.Savige’s battalions began moving forward early on the morning of 4th February, the 2/6th in trucks provided by divisional headquarters, the 2/7th in trucks lent by his attached artillery regiment (the 2/2nd) and the 2/5th on foot. Savige then went to Mackay’s headquarters to propose that he should move forward the part of his brigade that was now on wheels as fast as possible. However, when he arrived at divisional headquarters at Giovanni Berta he found that Robertson had already been summoned and ordered to embus his whole brigade (which was fresher than Savige’s) in vehicles being collected from the artillery and the services, to pass through Savige’s brigade and take up the pursuit. Already instructions were on their way to Porter’s force, which was then leading the advance, to push on to Slonta as soon as it could and send its vehicles back to help in moving the 19th Brigade. This decision disappointed Savige, who pointed out to Mackay that he was nearer Barce than Robertson and already had enough transport to lift two of his three battalions. “A sense of real disappointment was felt and expressed at missing this opportunity,” he wrote later.

However, by midday, Robertson ‘s leading battalion, the 2/8th, was on the move, and by 4 p.m. the whole brigade group was rolling briskly along the smooth Slonta-Barce road in a column twenty-five miles in length, with some armoured cars of the 11th Hussars and a troop of the 6th Divisional Cavalry leading the way. The weary infantrymen who had now been marching and fighting with little rest since the 25th, lay closely packed on the floors of the vehicles and slept; all that could be seen of them were rows of boot-soles bouncing in time to the movements of the trucks. The long convoy travelled along, halted, then moved on again, in response to the checks that are inevitable to a long convoy when speed is not regular, and because occasional halts had to be made while land mines or barricades of boulders were removed from the road. After leaving the settlements at Luigi di Savoia the southern road passed through well-timbered country with grass growing between patches of flat rock. For a few miles there would be no sign of habitation, and then a single white farmhouse or a crumbling fort. At intervals a truck, wrecked and overturned by the roadside, showed where a retreating Italian column had been hit by one of the Hurricanes which, unseen by the pursuing infantry, were strafing the enemy convoys. At a few points along the road were signs that the Italian commanders had ordered that a rearguard position be prepared and had changed their minds: an anti-tank ditch half-dug, or an abandoned dump of ammunition.

At Slonta, a group of old thick-walled barracks, the head of Robertson’s column passed the 2/6th Battalion of Savige’s brigade. Thence, in the late afternoon, it moved on through Maraua and Tecnis. Three miles beyond Tecnis, as the three British armoured cars leading the column rounded a bend in the road, they came upon a group of Italian soldiers laying mines in the road. These ran into the bush as the cars approached. The

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Hussars climbed out of their vehicles and were removing the mines when, from only a few hundred yards ahead, light guns and machine-guns began firing accurately and fast. In a minute the three armoured cars were disabled or destroyed and a truck in which two war correspondents and a conducting officer were travelling was riddled.1 As soon as the leading infantry about a mile behind heard the firing, they jumped from their trucks and deployed across the road. The ambush took place at 6.20 and the light was fading as the infantry began to advance, one company on each side of the road, and the long column stationary behind them. Robertson, fearing that the task of the Italian rearguard had been to delay him while craters were blown in the road winding down the escarpment ten miles ahead, ordered Colonel Mitchell to push on during the night. He did so, but towards midnight, when the leading companies were still only three miles beyond the ambush, a long rumbling explosion was heard in the distance; and Mitchell and Anderson,2 Robertson’s brigade-major who was forward at Mitchell’s headquarters, guessed that a stretch of the steep road leading down to Barce had been blown up.Meanwhile the task of advancing along the road to Apollonia and along the northern of the two roads that crossed the Jebel Achdar had been entrusted to Onslow’s squadron, less two troops which were with Robertson. Onslow himself led a small party which drove along the road towards Apollonia until it reached a point where a gap had been blown in the road. Thence he with Captain Eden3 of the Royal Horse Artillery and four others walked forward on foot and were met on the outskirts of the town by the mayor and leading townsmen who received them with courtesy and gave them a meal. Onslow’s party hoisted an Australian flag and marched back to the break in the road, followed by a procession of townspeople.

Lieutenant Mills, with one troop, drove along the northern road through Beda Littoria and on to the larger colony of Luigi Razza where they overtook a party of 300 Italian troops plodding along the road in formation. When a burst of machine-gun bullets was fired over them the Italians surrendered. They were a remnant of the 86th Regiment which had fired on the cavalrymen’s medical aid post in the ambush at the Wadi Derna and on whom they had sworn revenge, but having caught these dejected men the pursuers felt only pity for them. Mills sent two of his carriers back with the prisoners while the remainder advanced and found the road broken beyond repair where it crossed the wide and rugged Wadi Cuff about five miles south-west of the settlement. The mayor and the priest of Luigi Razza asked for protection against the Arabs who were roaming through the settlement, and nine cavalrymen were left to spend the night there. They ate at the cafe (where they paid with lire found in the Italian camps at Bardia and Tobruk) while a band of settlers whom the

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Australians armed with captured Italian swords patrolled the town; the cavalrymen themselves fired a few rounds of tracer ammunition into the air now and then to inform the Arabs of their presence.At dawn on the same day–the 4th–the armoured division, its strength now reduced to forty or fifty cruiser and eighty light tanks–the equivalent of only one brigade–and with only two day s’ rations, set off from Mechili over the stony foothills of the Jebel. For the first fifty miles the surface was strewn with boulders and there were occasional patches of soft sand. Some trucks broke down, but beyond Bir el Gerrari the track was smoother. The dust was so dense that groups of vehicles lost their way and did not rejoin the column until hours later. At 3 p.m. the advance- guard (one squadron of the 11th Hussars) reached Msus and engaged the garrison of twenty native troops who eventually made off in two lorries. The Hussars advanced thirty miles along the Antelat track that evening. Harding, O’Connor’s chief staff officer, had flown to Creagh’s head quarters and agreed that Creagh should send a force not only west to Soluch but south-west through Antelat to block the retreating Italians. Thereupon he detached a flying column (named “Jockforce” after its commander Lieut-Colonel “Jock” Campbell4) consisting of the 2/Rifle Brigade and two batteries of artillery, to move forward, come under the command of Colonel Combe of the 11th Hussars at Msus, and hasten to the Sidi Saleh area to block the Benghazi-Agedabia road. At nightfall on the 4th this column was at Msus, advanced headquarters of the division and the remainder of the 4th Brigade four miles east.

Early on the 5th reconnaissance aircraft reported that long columns of vehicles were moving south along the Benghazi-Marsa Brega road. At midday vehicles were seen moving from El Abiar to Benina and dumps were burning near the jetties at Benghazi. It was reported that there were small enemy flank guards at El Abiar, Sceleidima and Soluch. It was evident that what remained of the Italian Tenth Army was in full retreat towards Tripolitania.

Meanwhile, when the head of the 2/8th Battalion neared the edge of the tableland on the morning of the 5th they saw a new land spreading out from the base of the 600-foot escarpment–an orderly green patch work of flat farmland, cut by straight roads and scattered with square white houses. Half-way to the horizon was the large town of Barce, a meeting place of three roads and a railway. This belt of green country was part of a fertile shelf fifteen to twenty miles wide between the Jebel and a final escarpment leading down to a narrow coastal ledge. To reach the plain the road falls steeply down the western wall of the Jebel and there, the infantrymen found, the Italian rearguard had blown six large craters in the road and destroyed a bridge–damage so severe that the engineers estimated that it would take days to mend it, not hours as at

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Derna. As the leading platoon was climbing down the broken road a large and dusty man, bare-headed and wearing a leather flying jacket appeared at the side of the road. He was a Hurricane pilot who had been strafing Italian trucks near Barce the previous morning when an Italian fighter attacked him. He shot it down but his aircraft received so many hits that he was forced to land. He said that, from a hiding place beside the Tocra road, he had watched Italian vehicles streaming past all night until 3 a.m. After that the roads were empty.Early in the afternoon, Onslow reported that he had reconnoitred an alternative track to the plain and found it passable. This road wound its way south over the tableland towards El Abiar, and along it Robertson sent the trucks carrying the 2/4th and 2/11th Battalions, leaving the 2/8th on the main road to advance by way of Barce and Tocra if it could. Seven miles from the main road the leading infantry vehicle mistakenly turned left into a side track and some delay and confusion resulted, but by dusk the main part of the brigade group was on the plain and preparing to bivouac in wheatfields among stacks of hay.

In the meantime engineers of the 2/8th Field Company, under Lieutenant Frazer,5 had succeeded in making a track at a grade of one in three down the face of the escarpment overlooking Barce, by-passing the craters in the road. A troop of the 2/1st Field Regiment fired six rounds bracketing Barce, whereupon, at 12.35, a white flag was seen flying from a large building and a white Very light was fired. A small party from the 2/ 1st proceeded into the town which, at 3 p.m., was formally surrendered to an officer of the artillery regiment. Later Onslow led some carriers into Barce from the south and inspected the town and particularly a large dump of ammunition. At 4.20, a few minutes after they had left the dump, it exploded with a roar which shook the town and provided the watchers on the escarpment above with a memorable spectacle: a huge opalescent ball of smoke and flame shot up into the air, apparently from the centre of the town, billowed out and rose on a stem of smoke until it resembled a vast toadstool. At dusk a company of the 2/8th entered Barce and found, as usual, that their first task was to drive off bands of Libyans who were looting the houses and dumps. During the night fires of unxeplained origin broke out in several stores along the main street and they were burnt out. That night Robertson gave orders to the 2/4th to move along the route through El Abiar to Benina, beginning at 7 a.m., and to the 2/11th and other troops under his command (except Mitchell’s detachment) to follow. All night a cold wind blew and just before dawn it began to rain.

Meanwhile, fifty miles to the south-east Colonel Combe, with a squadron of armoured cars and one of tanks, had left Msus at 7 a.m. on the 5th February and at 10.34 reached Antelat and found it abandoned. There he was joined by the remainder of the flying column including the 2/Rifle Brigade and two batteries of artillery, and thence he sent armoured

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car patrols to Beda Fomm and Sidi Saleh. Both patrols advanced to positions commanding the main road; and at midday the 2/Rifle Brigade and “C” Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, took up a position north-west of Sidi Saleh astride the main road and a track through the sandhills west of it. Half an hour later an enemy column came into view moving south and was dispersed by the guns, the Italians abandoning their vehicles and taking up firing positions between the main road and the sea. Enemy lorries and three medium tanks were put out of action. At 3 p.m. a column of thirty lorries approached Combe’s road block; after a short fight the British troops captured it, taking between 200 and 300 prisoners. At 5 o’clock an apparently unending column of vehicles carrying about 5,000 troops and civilians appeared and they too surrendered as they reached the road block.Meanwhile the 4th Armoured Brigade, which had reached Antelat about 4.30 p.m., intercepted a message from Combe’s force that a stream of lorries and motor-cycles was moving down the road, and advanced west through Beda Fomm to attack it in the flank on a wide front. The 7th Hussars on the left struck “a soft part of the enemy column” and took, first, 400 prisoners, and, later, with a squadron of the 2nd Royal Tanks, 600 prisoners including men of the 60th (Sabratha) Division. At dusk the tank regiments withdrew to a position commanding the road from the east.

At 10.30 a.m. that day General Creagh had placed the Support Group under the command of Brigadier Russell6 of the 7th Armoured Brigade and ordered this combined force to advance through Sceleidima, secure the escarpment there, and patrol thence to Sidi Brahim and Soluch. Thus while Combe blocked the advance of the Italian column and Caunter attacked it in the flank, Russell would cut off its retreat. By 3 p.m. a squadron of the 11th Hussars leading this column had found that a fort on a hill about 100 feet above the valley leading down the escarpment at Sceleidima was strongly held. At 5 p.m. the remainder of the column having arrived, the 1/King’s Royal Rifle Corps and a battery of artillery began to engage the enemy. The capture of the fort was a job for infantry and gunners, and consequently at 5.45 p.m. Brigadier Russell handed over to Brigadier Gott of the Support Group and led his brigade towards Antelat to reinforce Brigadier Caunter.

Thus, at nightfall on the 5th, Combe’s force was astride the road west of Sidi Saleh, the 4th Armoured Brigade in the Beda Fomm area, the 7th Armoured Brigade on its way to Antelat and the Support Group at Sceleidima. In the pocket between these columns and the sea, a pocket about forty miles deep and, at the bottom, only five miles wide they evidently contained all that was left of the Italian Tenth Army and with it a large part of the Italian population of Benghazi.

At dawn on the 6th, in blinding rain, the head of the enemy column attacked the southernmost road block, but a gun supporting the Italians

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Map: The advance to Beda Fomm and Benghazi: dusk 5th February 1941

The Mediterranean area

But General O ‘Connor, the commander on the spot and the main architect of the victory in Cyrenaica, was convinced that he should have been allowed to press on and exploit success to the full; and he was confident that he could take Tripoli. The troops were not tired; their

The advance to Beda Fomm and Benghazi: dusk 5th February 1941

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was quickly put out of action by the horse artillery, and white flags were soon flying from many enemy vehicles. At 8.50 a.m. twelve Italian M13 tanks attacked a squadron of the 2nd Royal Tanks which was commanding the road seven miles farther north. The remainder of the regiment moved forward from Beda Fomm to support the forward squadron. More Italian tanks joined the action supported by field guns, and forced the leading squadron of the 2nd to withdraw to a ridge three miles west of the road, where it was again attacked by enemy tanks at 9.30. Another squadron attacked these in flank and the Italian tanks moved south after eight had been put out of action. About ten tanks then engaged the British squadrons. One squadron, now reduced to seven cruiser tanks, attacked these, while another moved south against a column on the main road and knocked out ten tanks.

At 11.25 twelve enemy tanks with artillery and a long column of vehicles attacked the regiment. Five British tanks were put out of action and at 1.45 the regiment withdrew to replenish.By 11 a.m. the 7th Hussars had advanced to a position astride the road north of the 2nd Royal Tanks, with the tail of the column attacking the 2nd Tanks to their south and the head of another column advancing from the north. Twenty tanks from the northern column advanced and the Hussars withdrew to a position on the eastern flank of the enemy column. At 1 o’clock Brigadier Caunter believed that his regiments had engaged 100 enemy medium tanks and disabled forty of them. As a result of mechanical breakdowns his own strength in cruisers had been reduced to nine fit for action. However, the headquarters of the 7th Brigade with the 1st Royal Tanks (with eleven cruisers in action) and a battery of artillery was on its way from Antelat to Beda Fomm. About 1 p.m. the 7th and 3rd Hussars attacked the enemy column slowly moving south towards Combe’s force, the 3rd engaging twenty medium tanks at the head of the convoy; after exchanging fire with enemy tanks and guns for about forty five minutes they withdrew. The Italian column stretched north as far as patrols of the 7th Hussars could see.

Having replenished its ammunition, the 2nd Royal Tanks, now only six cruisers strong, advanced from near Beda Fomm against fifteen to twenty enemy tanks and lorries packed two deep on the road near by. They came under sharp fire from tanks and artillery. Between 2.30 and 3 p.m. the 3rd Hussars (with only four cruisers remaining) and the 7th engaged a large force of enemy tanks, some twenty-six of which were eventually contained by the 3rd Hussars. At this time the 1st Royal Tanks reached Beda Fomm just in time to intercept thirty medium tanks trying to break away to the south-east and, with the help of their attached troop of artillery, knocked out three and drove the remainder north-west. The 1st Royal Tanks, now in touch with the 2nd to the south of it, pursued these tanks, while the 2nd, with “F” Battery, R.H.A., engaged some thirty tanks assembled on a knoll near the road supported by artillery. About 4.30 both these groups of enemy tanks were withdrawing north-west. At length the group from the knoll was caught between the 1st Royal Tanks on the east and the 2nd on the south and six were put out of action.

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While this fight was in progress the 3rd and 7th Hussars and “F” Battery were blazing at the densely packed column of lorries and tanks on the road farther north.At length, at 6 p.m., in failing light the Italian column succeeded in breaking through the 4th Armoured Brigade and, under fire from “F” Battery, moved slowly southwards, the tanks and some lorries on the main road, but most of the soft-skinned vehicles on the coastal track to the west. The three regiments of the 4th Brigade had fought almost to a standstill; the 3rd Hussars had only four cruisers and twenty-four light tanks in action, the 7th Hussars one cruiser and twenty light, the 2nd Royal Tanks ten cruisers and seven light. It had destroyed fifty-one M13 medium tanks for a loss in action of three cruisers and seven men. Other forces had knocked out thirty-three. Ten thousand prisoners had been taken in the day. The enemy force was then, at 6.30 p.m., moving south in two long columns towards Combe’s position astride the main road, which was now blocked by abandoned tanks and lorries, six deep and stretching far northwards. By 8 p.m. Combe was being attacked by about thirty tanks. Three were disabled by mines, one by artillery fire. At 8.30 four tanks and thirty lorries evaded the road block and escaped south wards, but by 10 p.m. the attack had died down.

Meanwhile the 1/King ‘s Royal Rifle Corps had attacked the Sceleidima fort at 7.30 a.m. but lost two carriers on a minefield. This delayed the attack, but at 10 a.m. a group of medium tanks withdrew from the fort and made off. Half an hour later the leading troops of the Support Group had entered the fort and found it abandoned. A squadron of the 11th Hussars hastened to Soluch which it entered at 12.30 and found to be clear of the enemy. From Soluch one troop of the 11th Hussars advanced north to Giardina and on towards Benghazi, and another to Ghemines where it took 400 prisoners. By 4 p.m. the main body of the Support Group had reached Soluch. The enemy’s position was hopeless. He had fought with some determination but had lost many tanks and was caught in the trap.

General O’Connor’s orders for 7th February were that Mackay should send a brigade group to Ghemines, while Creagh moved the Support Group southward along the main road and the coastal track. Next morning at 6.30 a column of lorries headed by thirty medium tanks, the spearhead of a column stretching eleven miles and a half to the north, advanced against the 2/Rifle Brigade at Combe’s road block. Two guns of the horse artillery knocked out the leading tank and damaged seven others before they were themselves silenced. Later the artillery and the anti-tank riflemen of the Rifle Brigade disabled a number of vehicles, and soon after 7 o’clock the entire column–5,000 to 6,000 men–surrendered, with the exception of one medium tank which advanced into the centre of the battalion’s position, where at 8.30 it was knocked out by a damaged gun of the 106th R.H.A. By 8.55 a.m. resistance had ceased all along the road.

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After the fighting had ended the desert looked like a film producer’s conception of a battlefield. For ten miles the stony floor was littered with hundreds of Lancia and Fiat trucks, many overturned and splintered by shell fire, and with dozens of dark-green tanks with crews dead inside them. There were lines of abandoned field guns with ammunition boxes scattered round. Rifles, machine-guns, grenades, boxes and tins lay where they had fallen, and everywhere, on the ground or caught in the low dry bushes, were pieces of paper–letters, cards, notepaper and army forms. Northward, along the road by which they had hoped to escaped streamed in trucks some 20,000 prisoners, the last remnant of the Italian Tenth Army, leaving behind them on the battlefield 112 medium tanks, many newly-arrived, an uncounted number of light tanks, 216 guns and 1,500 wheeled vehicles. Their commander, General Tellera, had been killed in this battle and the elusive Bergonzoli captured. The campaign was over. In two months, for a cost of 475 killed, 1,225 wounded and 43 missing or prisoners,7 O’Connor’s corps of two divisions, extravagantly described in communiques as “the Army of the Nile”, had advanced 500 miles and taken 130,000 prisoners, 400 tanks and 1,290 guns. It had destroyed ten Italian infantry divisions–the 60th, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 64th; the 1st, 2nd and 4th Blackshirts1st and 2nd Libyan–and considerable armoured forces.

Probably some 35,000 men of the Italian XX Corps succeeded in withdrawing from the Derna-Mechili area to Benghazi where there were about 13,000 troops, mostly of base and anti-aircraft artillery units. Of the 48,000 who thus remained in Cyrenaica about 28,000 withdrew to Tripolitania before the final battle or during it. There were then in Tripolitania the 17th (Pavia), 25th (Bologna), 27th (Brescia) and 55th (Savona) Infantry Divisions, and the recently arrived 132nd Ariee Armoured Division. Three of the infantry divisions lacked their artillery regiments and all four lacked their machine-gun regiments, these having been sent forward to Cyrenaica. A total of 30,000 Italian troops were due to arrive at Tripoli from Italy during February.

During the eventful day of the final battle, the, lorries containing the vanguard of the 6th Division had been ploughing their way along a muddy road through El Abiar (where they arrived at 10 a.m. on the 6th) to Er Regima, and Benina, the site of the principle aerodrome in Cyrenaica. At Benina where the column arrived at 5.30 p.m. Robertson’s signallers picked up the message from Creagh to Mackay, mentioned above, asking him to press on against the retreating Italians from the north. Robertson immediately warned Louch of the 2/11th Battalion that at dawn the following morning he must move to Ghemines, and soon afterwards Colonel Vasey arrived at Robertson’s headquarters and expressed approval of this plan. At this stage Robertson did not know exactly where his 2/8th Battalion was, and appealed to divisional headquarters to divert it towards

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Benghazi if the division made contact with it. In addition the trucks which had been carrying the greater part of the 2/4th had returned from Benin a to ferry other troops forward in accordance with orders from Mackay’s headquarters, and consequently that battalion was immobile. Late that night Robertson received news that Mackay himself had met the 2/8–that Tocra on the coast thirty-five miles north-east of Benghazi–and had ordered it to move south along the coastal road and join Robertson at Ghemines.The 2/8th, which Robertson had left at the broken road leading down the escarpment to Barce, had made rapid progress. By 3 a.m. on the 6th the last of its trucks had managed to negotiate the road and reached the plain below, and by 10.40 a.m. the column had reached the edge of the second escarpment, and was overlooking Tocra. Here again the road had been cratered and three hours were spent repairing it. At 2.30, however, the Australians entered the town, where the inhabitants welcomed them with a show of cordiality. Thence Colonel Mitchell moved on through Driana to Sidi Chalifa, ten miles from Benghazi and, at dusk, was about the same distance north of the Italian city as Robertson was east of it, though neither yet knew where the other was. At Sidi Chalifa an Arab official from Benghazi appeared and made a speech of welcome to the Australians, and Mitchell’s signallers, like Robertson’s, heard Creagh’s appeal for pressure from the north. Being unable to raise either their brigade or divisional headquarters, they relayed the message to Cairo.

Meanwhile, just before dusk, Robertson had sent Onslow and the brigade Intelligence officer, Lieutenant Knox,8 into Benghazi with orders to direct the civil and military authorities there to come to him forthwith. They drove into the city with an escort of cavalry carriers the leader flying a white flag but with its machine-guns loaded. The citizens, who included many Greeks and Jews as well as Italians and Arabs (the normal population exceeded 50,000), waved and cheered as this business-like little procession passed along the streets of the city. The newcomers drove to the town hall where the mayor, the bishop, the chief of the police and other dignitaries and officials were awaiting them. Knox handed the mayor a letter from Robertson saying that he intended to enter the city next morning and, until then, was relying on the Italian officials to preserve law and order. With the help of a Greek priest who stepped forward to act as interpreter, and described the Australians as “our brave Allies”, Knox learnt that a few soldiers were left in the town and that the police had remained to preserve order–a necessary precaution because Arabs were already looting houses on the outskirts. Onslow and Knox then took the mayor, the bishop and a few other officials back to Benina, where Robertson again informed them that he would make a formal entry in the morning.

Next morning (the 7th) after a delay of more than an hour caused by a report that Italian tanks were on the road south of Benghazi (there was,

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in fact, one tank but it had been abandoned), a column commanded by Louch and consisting of his own battalion plus the squadron of the 6th Cavalry, four armoured cars, a battery of field guns and a troop of anti tanks guns, set off for Ghemines. All Louch knew was that the armoured division was in action to the south, so he moved cautiously until he met a truck-load of wounded Italians with a British doctor in charge who told him that the fighting was not at Ghemines but near Agedabia, sixty miles farther on. Thereupon, Louch, with the ever-active Vasey who had now joined him, increased speed and the column sped along the smooth road that leads southwards into the desert. From British units encountered fifteen miles beyond Ghemines, Vasey learnt that the battle was virtually over.After having seen that Louch’s column was on the move, Robertson drove into Benghazi. Captain Conkey’s company of the 2/4th had entered the city half an hour earlier, dismounted from their trucks near the town hall and marched into the small square in front of it. These sunburnt men in their drab khaki greatcoats and steel helmets, taller than Italians and wearing none of the adornments that the people of Benghazi were accustomed to on soldiers, obviously impressed the crowd, which began cheering and clapping so loudly and persistently that Conkey had to wait before shouting his orders. In the assemblage were several thousand men and women–Mohammedans in red tarbushes, Greek and Italian priests in cassocks, neat and prosperous-looking Italian, Greek and Jewish city folk. The small balconies that jutted from the sides of the three-storied buildings on three sides of the square were crowded with men and women who clapped their hands and waved. The atmosphere seemed entirely cordial.

When Robertson arrived in his car there was more cheering. He informed the group of officials through his interpreter that General Mackay would soon arrive to take over the city and that the citizens should carry on in a normal way; Colonel Dougherty, who had been appointed commandant of the town, would cooperate with the commander of the local carabinieri in keeping order. Soon little groups of Australian infantrymen and British gunners were standing at the counters of cafes and bars, eating rolls and butter and cake and drinking coffee or Chianti, and, to the evident surprise of the shopkeepers, were not looting but were paying with Italian bank notes. Few infantrymen had not put some Italian notes into a pocket at Bardia or Tobruk as souvenirs, never thinking that ahead of them lay a fine city in which this paper would buy food and drink and, later, when the shopkeepers opened their doors again, cameras, clothing and trinkets, for Benghazi seemed to lack nothing. At one of the principal hotels the anxious proprietor had piled bottles of wine and plates of cakes and rolls on tables in the hall, evidently to break the first rush of looters. Officers and men, dusty, tired and hungry, crowded in asking for rolls and, best of all, butter which they had not tasted for weeks, and for cups of coffee. It was a day or two before the shopkeepers so far recovered their equilibrium as to begin increasing their prices and withholding their goods. Before long, amiable citizens informed Australian officers that

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there were hundreds–some said thousands–of Italian soldiers in Benghazi in hurriedly-assumed civilian clothes; the number of able-bodied young men who were strolling round the streets in groups suggested that this was so. Every citizen who had a motor-car or a truck able to make the journey across the desert to Tripolitania had fled.No more infantry entered Benghazi that day, but by 10 o ‘clock two battalions and three companies of the third were moving south towards Ghemines, having by-passed the city. O’Connor, driving north that after noon from his headquarters near Msus, was astonished to find that almost the whole Australian brigade group was as far south as Ghemines and the advance-guard some fifteen miles beyond it. His plan had worked without a hitch.

It will be recalled that Mr Churchill and the Chiefs of Staff in London had consistently regarded the advance through Libya as basically a defensive operation. Its purpose would have been achieved when “a safe flank for Egypt” had been secured, perhaps at Tobruk, perhaps at Benghazi. Thereafter all operations in the Middle East were to be subordinated to sending forces to the Balkans. In mid-January before Tobruk had been taken the Greeks had declined the offer of a new British contingent and this had led to a decision to continue the advance past Tobruk to Benghazi. (Thus to Metaxas and Papagos, the Greek leaders, belonged some of the credit for the final victory at Beda Fomm!)

On 29th January Metaxas had died. Early in February the new Government of M. Koryzis asked the British Government what help it could give to Greece if a German army attacked. On 12th February Churchill sent a cable to Wavell congratulating him on the conquest of Cyrenaica and adding:

We should have been content with making a safe flank for Egypt at Tobruk, and we told you that thereafter Greece and/or Turkey must have priority, but that if you could get Benghazi easily and without prejudice to European calls so much the better. We are delighted that you have got this prize three weeks ahead of expectation, but this does not alter, indeed it rather confirms, our previous directive, namely, that your major effort must now be to aid Greece and/or Turkey. This rules out any serious effort against Tripoli, although minor demonstrations thither wards would be a useful feint. You should therefore make yourself secure in Benghazi and concentrate all available forces in the Delta in preparation for movement to Europe… Therefore it would seem that we should try to get in a position to offer the Greeks the transfer to Greece of the fighting portion of the Army which has hitherto defended Egypt, and make every plan for sending and reinforcing it to the limit with men and material.1

Churchill informed Wavell that Mr Eden and General Dill would arrive in Cairo on 14th or 15th February, survey the situation there, and then go to Athens, again to offer a contingent to the Greeks. “It is hoped that at least four divisions, including one armoured division, and whatever additional air forces the Greek airfields are ready for, together with all available munitions, may be offered in the best possible way and in the

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shortest time.” If a satisfactory agreement with the Greeks proved unattainable the envoys must “try to save as much from the wreck as possible.”

We must at all costs keep Crete and take any Greek islands which are of use as air bases. We could also reconsider the advance on Tripoli. But these will only be consolation prizes after the classic race has been lost.2

The negotiations which followed and their outcome are described in the next volume of this series. It suffices here to recall that the Greek leaders accepted the British offer. Not until after many campaigns and man y set-backs could the advance on Tripoli be reconsidered with reasonable prospect of success.

Map: The Mediterranean area

casualties had been relatively low.3 Two fresh regiments of the 2nd Armoured Division were due to join him soon, and he considered that he had the equipment needed to complete the capture of Libya, provided he was given full air and naval support. He would (he wrote a few weeks later) have sent the Support Group on to Sirte immediately, made up an armoured force using the two new regiments then on their way forward and the best tanks of the old ones, and begun to advance from Sirte about the 20th.

After Beda Fomm only twelve cruiser tanks and forty light tanks were in action. The 3rd Hussars were re-equipped with all the serviceable light tanks and the 6th Royal Tanks with Italian mediums; there were about sixty new Italian M13’s with only a few hundred miles on their speedo

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meters among those captured. Thus four armoured regiments would have been available for the renewed advance.General Wilson, who was following the advance, preparing to take over as Military Governor, has recorded that after Beda Fomm he sent a signal to General Wavell “recommending that a light column be sent on to clear the Italians out of North Africa by advancing at least to Sirte and, if opportunity offered, to Tripoli;” but “owing to commitments with other campaigns, especially in regard to air forces, this request could not be acceded to…”4

We now know that before Benghazi fell the Italian commanders also believed that the British forces would have little difficulty in swiftly overrunning Tripolitania, and that, as late as 12th February, the German and Italian staffs were still debating whether it would be worth while to send German units to Africa “only to be captured by the enemy.” O’Connor himself, unfortunately soon, had evidence of the despondency then existing in the enemy ‘s camp. In the report quoted above, written in an Italian prison later in the month, he said: “Having had the opportunity of speaking to several German and Italian officers on passing through Tripoli all asked why we did not go on to Tripoli as they said there was nothing to stop us. Such Italian units as were there were in a state of complete confusion and demoralisation. And no German troops landed until 12th February.”

What steps had the Italian and German leaders taken since the fall of Bardia to arrest the threatened debacle and what opposition was a continued British advance likely to have encountered? Throughout January and February Hitler and his staff were anxious lest Italy should collapse. It will be recalled that on 11th January Hitler had directed that the Italian forces in Africa be helped by sending a contingent of German troops equipped to offer effective defence against armoured divisions and by employing the X Air Corps, in Sicily, to attack Brittish shipping and bases On 14th January, it was decided that the German force to be transferred to Libya would be a “light motorised division”. Later it was decided that this would be the 5th Light Motorised Division, commanded by a General Funck, and would include a reconnaissance unit (equipped mainly with armoured cars), three anti-tank groups each with twenty-seven to thirty-six guns, thirty tanks, two motorised machine-gun battalions and ancillary units. It was thus to be approximately equal to the support group of a British armoured division.5 It should be ready to embark from 15th February onwards.

Funck went ahead to Tripoli to reconnoitre and on 26th January (four days after the fall of Tobruk) reported that the proposed force would be insufficient. Three days later the German military attache in Rome, General von Rintelen, informed the German High Command that, in the

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opinion of General Guzzoni, the Italian Under-Secretary for War, the best the Italian forces then in North Africa could do would be to defend a fortified camp at the city of Tripoli. Almost all the 132nd (Ariete) Armoured Divisionhad arrived to reinforce the four infantry divisions already in Tripolitania but it had only light 3-ton tanks (and therefore was armoured only in name). Rintelen considered that a mobile force able to take the offensive was needed. (Also on that day it was reported that two German transports and one Italian had been sunk a few days before on the way to Africa.) On 1st February (Derna had now fallen) the German High Command informed Rintelen that it was doubtful whether there was still any sense in sending German defensive forces to Tripoli. If Funck’s “defence force” was not adequate and if the Italians wished to be reinforced by a German armoured force, consideration must be given to the fact that it could not be in Tripoli before the end of April. Guzzoni was asked through Rintelen what Graziani’s plans were, and whether Tripolitania could be defended if the British army had not broken into it before the Italian 132nd (Ariete) Armoured and 102nd (Trento) Motorised Divisions and Funck’s force were ready for action. Until the Italians had answered these questions the forward movement of troops of Funck’s force was not to proceed, although the shipment of supplies to Naples might continue.On 3rd February (the day after O’Connor had ordered the pursuit which culminated at Beda Fomm) Guzzoni informed the German staff in Rome that Graziani intended to withdraw from Cyrenaica, but that he considered that Tripolitania could be defended if the British had not arrived before the divisions mentioned above were ready for action. On the same day Hitler ordered that the X Air Corps should make heavy attacks on the British forces in Cyrenaica, and the shipment to Naples of Funck’s division (to which an armoured regiment and an additional artillery regiment were now to be added) should be resumed. In addition he ordered that preparations were to be made to reinforce it with a full armoured division drawn from the force allotted to the Balkans. General Rommel, who had distinguished himself in command of the 7th Armoured Division in France in 1940, was to lead all German forces in Africa. Hitler wrote to Mussolini on the 5th expressing disappointment at the Italian failures and saying that the arrival of a strong German armoured formation in Africa was conditional on the Italian army holding on and not retreating to Tripoli which could not be defended.

On 8th February (the day after the Italian surrender at Beda Fomm) the advanced party of the 5th Light Division’s unloading organisation sailed from Italy. It was expected that the division itself could begin to embark between the 15th and 20th February. Meanwhile the transfer of the Ariete Armoured Division to Tripoli had been completed about 31st January and the arrival of the Trento Motorised Division had begun; the shipment of the Trento was to be completed by 20th February.

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Spurred by the German decision to reinforce him in Africa, and after receiving the reproving letter from Hitler, Mussolini on 10th February directed that the defence of Tripolitania be carried out as far forward as possible. He replaced the despondent Graziani with General Gariboldi, hitherto commanding the Fifth Army which, the Tenth Army having been destroyed, now constituted the fighting part of the army in North Africa. On the 11th Rommel arrived in Rome where he announced that the first

Map: British and Italian dispositions, Cyrenaica and Tripolitania, midday 10th February 1941
Midday 10th February.

line of defence was to be round Sirte, the main line at Misurata. It was agreed that Rommel was to make his advice available to General Gariboldi; and a mobile force, including the Ariete Division, would be formed under Rommel’s command. Rintelen reported Guzzoni as having said at this conference:

If it becomes clear in the course of the next few clays that Tripolitania cannot be held, I will be the first to admit that it is not worth sending German units to Libya only to be captured by the enemy…. However, I am absolutely confident that the crisis will be successfully overcome.

“General Rommel and I,” added Rintelen, “agreed with these statements made by General Guzzoni. It remains to be seen whether there is still time enough to carry out the measures decided upon.” This was four days after the fall of Benghazi and about the time at which O’Connor planned to take Sirte.

Rommel arrived in Tripoli on the 12th, and on the 16th advised Gariboldi to concentrate at least three-quarters of his forces in the Sirte-Buerat area and conduct a defensive battle until the arrival of considerable German and Italian reinforcements. Already the 17th (Pavia) Division was being moved to the Sirte area, the 25th (Bologna) to the Tmed Hassan area and the Ariete Armoured Division to Buerat; and a mobile force consisting of the German reconnaissance unit, a German infantry battalion and an Italian motorised unit was being sent farther forward. However, it was not expected that the shipment of the 5th Light Division and German

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Air Force units to Tripolitania would be completed until about 20th March.6On 18th February Hitler decided that Rommel’s force should be know n as the German Africa Corps; but at this stage the transfer to Tripolitania of a full panzer division was still only “envisaged”. However, on 26th February an order was given that the 15th Armoured Division would join the Africa Corps when the transport of the 5th Light Division and air force units had been completed. On the 28th Hitler wrote to Mussolini that he considered that the situation “could be restored. If we could have fifteen days more time in North Africa I am certain that a new British attempt to advance towards Tripoli would fail.”

O’Connor had hoped to begin his advance from Sirte about 20th February. It appears that there were then in Tripolitania four Italian infantry divisions very short of field artillery, the Ariete Armoured Division with light tanks only, most if not all of the Trento Motorised Division, a German armoured car unit and a German infantry battalion. The headquarters of the 5th Light Division reached Tripoli on 21st Fberuary.

After the war General Wavell wrote:

As for the advance to Tripoli, Italian opposition could be discounted as small and likely to be easily overcome, and nothing was at that time known of the dispatch of German forces to Africa; but even so our resources were not equal to the task. Our armoured vehicles were worn out by an advance of 500 miles; we had not enough mechanised transport to maintain even a small force for an advance of another 500 miles to Tripoli; and both in the air and on the sea we were still numerically inferior to the Italians alone without any German reinforcement. It would have been an intolerable strain on the Navy to maintain a military and air force at Tripoli when even Benghazi could not be used as a port for lack of A.A. artillery and other resources.7

General Dill too, influenced no doubt by the emphasis placed by Wavell’s staff on the difficulty of maintaining large forces so far forward into Italian territory, believed that it would not be possible for XIII Corps to continue its advance to Tripoli; in December Wavell ‘s Joint Planning Staff had expressed the opinion that an advance even to Benghazi was not justified. In January, however, they appear to have changed their views “We have convinced ourselves,” wrote Major-General de Guingand,1 then a lieut-colonel on that staff, “that once Tobruk and Benghazi were captured we could, after a pause of a week or two, advance with adequate forces to capture Tripoli.”2

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O’Connor was just receiving two fresh armoured regiments, part of a newly-arrived armoured division; the shortage of vehicles was not substantially more acute at the end than at the beginning of the final stage of the advance, and at Beda Fomm many Italian vehicles (and brand-new tanks) had been captured. The strain on navy and air force was not likely to be as great as that imposed on them by an expedition to the Balkans. As mentioned above, it was the withdrawal of fighter squadrons after the decision to go on the defensive that caused the navy to declare the port of Benghazi unusable. The experience of the next few months seems to show that aircraft, in the numbers then possessed by the German air corps in Sicily, could not have made it impossible to maintain a garrison round Tripoli; they were unable to make Malta untenable, and in Greece later a large German air force did not succeed in seriously impeding the movement of the Anzac Corps on the roads or preventing its embarkation.3 In the light solely of the knowledge possessed by the British leaders at the time there were strong reasons for pressing on: the rapid and utter collapse of the Italian army in Cyrenaica, the existence in Tripolitania of an army of depleted and ill-equipped divisions, the defeat of the Italian air force, the relative inactivity of the Italian navy, the hints already received that Germany might send reinforcements and the need to anticipate them, the fact that the Middle East forces could safely be concentrated against this one objective, the attainment of which would be an achievement of immense military and political importance.In the light of our present knowledge of the discussions and decisions of the German and Italian leaders it seems likely that if O’Connor had promptly taken Sirte and advanced from there on the 20th with full naval and air support, as he wished to do, Hitler would have ceased reinforcing the Italians and O’Connor would have rapidly occupied Tripolitania and defeated its garrison–a force less strong in fighting units than the one he had defeated at Sidi Barrani and Bardia, and likely to be less resolute. Thus, if O’Connor’s judgment was correct, a glittering prize was thrown away: possession of all Libya, air and naval bases opposite the narrow pass in the Mediterranean, the end of all danger of an advance on Egypt from the west supported by German arms, the isolation of French North Africa; perhaps the revival of French resistance. But Churchill’s eyes were fixed on the project to form a front in the Balkans and, in the event, his instructions were carried out swiftly, in such a way as to put an end to all possibility of resuming the African advance that winter.

A few days after the fall of Benghazi the force in western Cyrenaica had been reduced to a mere garrison. On 9th February (three days before Rommel arrived in Africa) General Wilson’s headquarters arrived at

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Barce and as Military Governor he took command of all troops in Cyrenaica. On the 15th General Blamey ‘s I Australian Corps replaced XIII Corps, the staff of which was dispersed–a reckless step for an army which had no other corps staff that had conducted a successful campaign.4On 18th February the 17th Australian Brigade replaced the 7th Armoured Division, which set off for Cairo three days later. On the 13th German aircraft (of the X Air Corps in Sicily, equipped with some 350 machines) had begun regularly bombing Benghazi and the surrounding area. The defending air force had been reduced.5 and on the 18th the naval convoy supplying the force through the port of Benghazi was with drawn because there was inadequate protection against German air attacks, and thenceforward practically all supplies had to be transported overland from Tobruk. On the 24th the 19th Brigade was withdrawn to Gazala to ease the problem of supply and the only infantry left in western Cyrenaica was one brigade.

Meanwhile, towards the end of January, Wavell had initiated a more ambitious program in Italian East Africa. Encouraged by the success of a small mobile force under Brigadier Messervy6 that had been harassing the Italians in the Kassala area, and by the efforts of Brigadier Sandford7 and Colonel Wingate,8 who were conducting a guerilla campaign within Abyssinia, he instructed General Platt in the Sudan, who then had two divisions–the 4th and 5th Indian–to press on towards Asmara. Soon afterwards he agreed to the request of General Cunningham in Kenya that he be allowed to advance on Kismayu early in February instead of waiting until May, after the rains.

In view of the complete defeat of the Italian forces in Cyrenaica (wrote Wavell later), I decided to allow the operations in Italian East Africa to continue for the present at any rate. I issued instructions to General Platt to endeavour to capture Asmara and Massawa and to General Cunningham to continue his operations

 

Illustration: Captured Italian tanks at Beda Fomm.
(Imperial War Museum photo)
Italian tanks captured at the battle of Beda Fomm, February 1941.

Illustration: The ceremony at the capture of Benghazi.
The ceremony at the handing over of the city of Benghazi, 7th February 1941

Illustration: The ceremony at the capture of Benghazi.
(Australian War Memorial photos)
Brigadier H. C. H. Robertson meeting the local dignitaries. Left to right: The Mayor, the local carabinieri commander, an interpreter, and the Australian commander.

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Illustration: Giarabub.
(Taken by Author)
Gateway to Siwa, where the track drops into the depression that stretches from Siwa to Giarabub.

Illustration: Giarabub.
(Taken by Author)
A convoy bringing supplies across the desert from Siwa to troops outside Giarabub.

Illustration: Giarabub.
(Australian War Memorial photo)
The fort of Giarabub.

Illustration: Giarabub.
Machine-guns and rifles captured at Giarabub, March 1941.

against Kismayu. I told General Platt that he was to continue his operations to th e occupation of Eritrea and was not to advance south from Eritrea into Abyssinia and that I should withdraw two or three brigade groups from him as soon as possible after his capture of Eritrea. I told General Cunningham that if he was successful in capturing Kismayu, he should advance on Mogadiscio if possible, but I warned him that I should probably require the withdrawal of the 1st South African Division at an early date.9

On 24th February Wavell instructed Cunningham to advance to Harar after the capture of Mogadiscio, and that he wished that Berbera

Map: East Africa
East Africa

in Somaliland be reoccupied. Convinced that at least two months must elapse between the landing of German troops at Tripoli and their effective use in Cyrenaica, Wavell decided to garrison Cyrenaica with one raw infantry division (the 9th Australian) and a brigade of the newly-arrived 2nd Armoured Division. Thus he would be able to send to Greece the 6th and 7th Australian and two smaller formations–the 1st Armoured Brigade and the Polish Brigade Group.10

While these decisions were being made, the policing of the newly-gained territory and the supply of the garrison was becoming the principal preoccupation of General Wilson’s “Cyrenaica Command”. After the excitement of the Italian retreat and the entry of the British force, the people of Benghazi settled down into a mood of sullen hostility. Shops were shut and the streets relatively empty, a result partly of the army’s decision to fix the exchange value of the lire at 400 to the L1 Egyptian instead of the normal 150. From the 13th February the city was regularly bombed by German and Italian aircraft. In and around Barce were 12,000 European settlers (including some thousands of refugees from Tobruk and Derna) and perhaps twice as many native Libyans whom the Italian settlers feared far more than they feared the Australian troops. Fortunately, although the Arabs had looted the food stores in Barce and imported supplies were very short, there was enough wheat there and at Beda Littoria in the Jebel Achdar to last until May, and a new crop would be harvested in June.

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Soon after the fall of Benghazi the forward troops were visited by the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Menzies, who was on his way to London, and General Blamey. The journey into the desert gave Menzies a valuable opportunity of speaking to leaders and men in the field and obtaining first-hand impressions of the problems faced in an area where Australians were now playing a leading part.1It will be recalled that since the 18th, when the 7th Armoured Division had begun to move back to Egypt, the force in the forward area had been the 17th Australian Brigade group.2 From it had been subtracted two of its three battalions and to it had been added the King’s Dragoon Guards (a newly-arrived armoured car regiment). It included a battery of the 2/3rd Field Regiment, two batteries of light anti-aircraft artillery, two companies of Free French troops and some ancillary troops, and was directly under the command of I Australian Corps. The other battalions of the brigade remained in the Barce-Benghazi area under the command of the 6th Australian Division. Savige, at the suggestion of Blamey, had advanced the defensive line to Marsa Brega where the front was partly covered by a marsh which was an effective obstacle to tanks.

Every day enemy aircraft (sometimes a single machine and sometimes as many as twenty-five) attacked vehicles and encampments along the road. They flew low and were briskly engaged by the gunners and the infantrymen who, in the first seven days, believed that they shot down seventeen between them. Some units had now equipped themselves with captured anti-aircraft guns. Savige’s first problem was to organise his supply line in such a way that it would be reasonably free from air attack. With this object he established a collecting point well forward. To it corps vehicles delivered rations by night and from it unit vehicles collected their loads and carried them forward also in darkness. Before daylight the dumps at the collecting point were camouflaged and all wheel marks removed by a broom-like contraption attached to the rear of a vehicle. In the forward area the troops and vehicles were widely dispersed, and low-flying aircraft were engaged with all available weapons and forced to higher altitudes. The brigade did not suffer any casualties from air attack in its forward defensive areas, though some men on patrol or other duties were hit. Infantry fire shot down two enemy aircraft in the forward areas.

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On 20th February a troop of the Dragoon Guards commanded by Lieutenant Williams,3 exchanged fire with German armoured cars–the first seen in Africa.4 The pilots of scouting aircraft reported increasing but still small activity on the enemy’s side of the Tripolitanian frontier. On 21st February, for example, a pilot reported a column of sixteen vehicles, including three eight-wheeled, and therefore German, armoured cars whose crews wore a bluish uniform different from anything he had seen in Libya before.Savige was wrongly advised that the armoured cars encountered on the 20th were probably Fiat Ansaldos but next day concluded that he probably faced German armoured vehicles, and he decided that more German troops and armoured vehicles might be landed at small harbours along the coast and advance overland; but at this stage the staffs farther back would not believe that a substantial German-Italian force was assembling on the frontier. In the following days the air force reported up to thirteen ships in Tripoli harbour, including some of about 10,000 tons. Wellington bombers flying from landing grounds in Cyrenaica and Malta were now making regular attacks on ships in Tripoli harbour and later at Sirte. On 24th February I Australian Corps, which was destined for Greece, handed over its responsibilities to the 6th Division and on the 27th General Neame5 replaced General Wilson as commander in Cyrenaica. (Five days earlier Wilson had been told that he would command the expedition to Greece.) There was then only a shadow force west of Dema. It consisted of Mackay’s headquarters with Savige’s brigade group and the 3rd Armoured Brigade under command.

On the 23rd the staffs of Cyrenaica Command and I Australian Corps were still expressing the opinion that an attempt to retake Benghazi was unlikely, but that day air attacks on Savige’s troops were intensified; and on the 24th scouting aircraft reported that 500 vehicles were moving south from Misurata, which is some 130 miles east of Tripoli. On the same day Savige’s force on the frontier received its most telling evidence so far of the aggressiveness of the troops opposing them. Two troops of armoured cars of the King’s Dragoon Guards (including Williams’ troop), and a troop of Australian anti-tank guns were patrolling near Agheila when they were fired on by a force including tanks. Lieutenant Rowley,6

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commanding the anti-tank troop, and two members of the crew of an armoured car, which was disabled, were captured by the Germans, who had seven tanks, three armoured cars and fourteen motor-cycle combinations. The Germans withdrew with their prisoners, and towing the disabled car.

Next day Savige sent out an armoured care squadron with two platoons of infantry, a section of field guns and a section of anti-tank guns, to return the compliment by ambushing the German force should it appear again, but, although this force remained in position for four days, the enemy did not reappear on the ground. However, on the 27th, a strong enemy air force effectively strafed the would-be ambushers, damaging three armoured cars and two trucks and causing nine casualties.When General Mackay had taken command of the fighting troops in western Cyrenaica on the 24th he had given the 3rd Armoured Brigade the task of protective reconnaissance west of a north-south line midway between Marsa Brega and El Agheila.

The marsh mentioned above extended some ten miles south from the road in this area and, in practice, the 17th Brigade continued to occupy the divisional defensive area on the right while the 3rd Armoured Brigade patrolled south and south-west of the marsh. Mackay visited Savige on the 26th and, as a result, agreed to send another battalion forward to him (though two of its companies remained behind, on duty at Beda Fomm and Agedabia). After seeing Savige Mackay was impressed by the likelihood of a counter-attack and, in a note written on 28th February, said that the possibility of the enemy attempting to regain Cyrenaica “cannot be ignored and must be vigilantly guarded against.” To this end he ordered vigorous patrolling by mobile columns, the setting of traps and ambushes, the improvement of the map, and (looking ahead as he always did to a time when Australians would take part in a future decisive conflict with the main enemy) concluded “the occasion of our being in contact with the Germans in Libya is to be used to discover and defeat his tactics so that in future we may be thoroughly prepared to deal with them.” That day air force pilots reported that the column of 500 vehicles which had been near Misurata on 24th February was now near the frontier. The enemy had a great and growing superiority in the air and for some days had been carrying out effective daylight raids as far east as Tobruk. The British force in western Cyrenaica consisted of one seasoned infantry brigade and one armoured brigade which had had little experience of the desert.

On the 9th Brigadier J. J. Murray, commanding the 20th Brigade of the 9th Australian Division, arrived at Brigadier Savige’s headquarters to take over from him. That day General Mackay flew to Cairo to report to General Wavell and discuss the movement of the 6th Australian Division to Greece. Also on 9th March Rommel sent a report to the German High Command suggesting that he should go over to the offensive before the hot weather started.

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Footnotes


For pages 1-12:

1. They were Alexander Clifford (London Daily Mail), Alan Moorehead (an Australian representing the Daily Express) and Capt Geoffrey Keating. Keating, Clifford and their driver were wounded.

2. Lt-Col R. K. Anderson, DSO, WX3. 2/11 Bn and CO 2/32 Bn. Regular soldier; of South Perth, WA; b. Mount Clen, Ballarat, Vic, 22 Jun 1901. Died of wounds 26 Jul 1941.

3. Col R. A. Eden, DSO, RA. Regular soldier; b. Caversham, Oxon, Eng, 1 Aug 1912.

4. Maj-Gen J. C. Campbell, VC, DSO, MC. CO 4 RHA 1941; Comd 7 Sup Gp 1941-42. 7 Armd Div 1942. B. 10 Jan 1894. Killed in car accident March 1942.

5. Maj L. T. Frazer, VX15205. 2/8 Fd Coy and Engr Tech adviser Comb Ops. Municipal engineer; of Canterbury, Vic; b. Glenferrie, Vic, 2 Apr 1908.

6. Brig H. E. Russell; Comd 7 Armd Bde. Regular soldier; b. 12 Aug 1896. Killed in aircraft accident 1941.

7. The 6th Division’s casualties amounted to 239 killed, 784 wounded and 21 prisoners. Somewhat higher figures were compiled by the Army Records Office during the war, but the above totals were arrived at by that office in 1950. Elsewhere unit casualty figures have been taken from unit war diaries if available there; generally these differ slightly from those later compiled by The Army Records Office. If losses at Giarabub (see next chapter) are added the Australian casualties in this campaign were 256 dead, 861 wounded and 21 prisoners.

8. Lt-Col W. M. Knox, VX337; 2/8 Bn and Int Corps. Merchant and Manufacturers’ Agent; of Malvern, Vic; b. Melbourne, 23 Apr 1912.

For pages 13-18:

1. Churchill, Vol III, p. 58.

2. Churchill, p. 59.

3. On 2 Feb 6 Aust Div was 45 officers and 1,621 other ranks, or a little over 10 per cent, under strength. The nine infantry battalions were short of 39 officers and 1,073 men.

4. Lord Wilson: Eight Years Overseas 1939-1947 (1950), p. 62.

5. It had some similarity to the contingent offered to the Greeks by the British Chiefs of Staff a few days later.

6. In With Rommel in the Desert (1950) by H. W. Schmidt, who was Rommel’s aide-de-camp, appears an account of an address given by Rommel to his staff “about March 14, I think”, in the course of which the German commander pointed out that the 5th Light Division was still not at full strength, but the enemy’s thrust towards Tripolitania had been brought to a standstill. It is implied that this had been achieved partly by the arrival at Agheila of the German armoured car battalion. Schmidt adds (p. 6): “Rommel raised his voice. He shook his fist lightly. ‘We must save Tripolitania from the attack of the British Army. We will hold them.’ He paused. `It comes to this; we must mislead the enemy about our own strength-or weakness-until the 5th Light Division has been landed in full strength…’ ” If this occurred on 14th March, the German commander was still anxious about his ability to defend Tripolitania five weeks after the British advance had been discontinued and at a time when the British force in western Cyrenaica had been reduced to two inexperienced brigades.

7Army Quarterly of Jan 1950, “The British Expedition to Greece, 1941”.

For pages 18-21:

1. Maj-Gen Sir Francis de Guingand, KBE, CB, DSO. DMI Middle East 1942; Ch of Staff Eighth Army 1942-43, 21 Army Gp 1944-45. B. 28 Feb 1900.

2. F. de Guingand, Operation Victory (1947), p. 47.

3. Two months later, on 14 Apr, the threat offered by the arrival of German reinforcements in Tripoli was so disturbing that Mr Churchill directed that it had become “the prime duty of the Mediterranean Fleet… to stop all sea-borne traffic between Italy and Africa”, and ordered the recurrent bombardment of Tripoli harbour, and raids on the Tripoli-Agheila road by troops transported in landing craft. At length, on 21 Apr, a squadron including three battleships was risked in a forty-two minutes bombardment of Tripoli, fortunately without a ship in the attacking squadron being hit.

4. Improbable as it may seem a similar action was taken after the final victory in Africa in May 1943, when the staffs of First Army and IX Corps were dispersed in spite of the fact that large-scale operations lay ahead and the British Army was still short of higher staffs that had been tested and welded in action.

5. By the third week in February only one fighter squadron (No 3 RAAF) was at Benina. One other (No. 73) was at Gazala. It must be assumed that when O ‘Connor said that he needed full air support to enable him to press on to Tripoli he meant the support at least of the air force hitherto employed over the Western Desert. This included four Hurricane squadrons (Nos 3 RAAF, 73, 208 and 274) and three Blenheim squadrons (Nos 45, 55 and 113). This force would probably have provided an ascendancy over the largest which the Luftwaffe could have deployed in Africa in February and March.

6. Gen Sir Frank Messervy, KCSI, KBE, CB, DSO. Comd Gazelle Force 1940-41, 9 Ind Inf Bde 1941, 4 Ind Div 1942, 1 Armd Div and 7 Armd Div 1942, 43 Ind Armd Div 1942-43, 7 Ind Div 1944, IV Corps 1944-45. Regular soldier; b. 9 Dec 1893.

7. Brig D. A. Sandford, CBE, DSO. Principal Military and Political Adviser to Emperor Haile Sellasie 1941; Principal Adviser to Ministry of Interior, Ethiopian Govt 1942-44; Pers Adviser to Emperor 1944-45. B. 1882. Brig (then Colonel) Sandford, an old friend of the Emperor Haile Sellasie, had led a small party into the Gojjam province of Abyssinia in August to help organise rebellion in Abyssinia. Later Gen Wavell appointed as staff officer for patriot activities Col (then Maj) Wingate who had demonstrated his talent for irregular warfare in Palestine during and after Wavell’s term there in 1937. Towards the end of November Wingate flew into Abyssinia and met Sandford; and on 20 Jan the Emperor crossed the Frontier. Five young Australians, Lt A. H. Brown and Sgts W. R. Howell, R. C. Wood, E. M. Body and J. K. Burke, led a party of 200 Abyssinians into the Gojjam to show the flag in the area in which Sandford was organising rebellion.

8. Maj-Gen O. C. Wingate, DSO. Comd Long Range Penetration Gps, Burma 1943-44. Regular soldier; b. Naini Tal, U.P., India, 26 Feb 1903. Killed in aircraft accident, 24 Mar 1944.

9. Wavell, Despatch on Operations in East Africa, November 1940 to July 1941.

10. The reasons for this decision are set out in greater detail in the following volume.

For pages 22-24:

1. At Barce Mr Menzies met General Wilson and asked him how the Australians were getting on, expecting to hear them congratulated. ” They’re troublesome, you know,” said Wilson. “I understand the Italians have found them very troublesome,” replied Menzies. “It’s not that,” said Wilson, “they’re not disciplined, you know.” “These men haven’t spent their lives marching round parade grounds,” said Menzies. “They come from all walks of life and they’ve come over here to do a job and get it over.” This conversation recalls an incident mentioned in Bean, Vol. VI ( Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18). In p. 485 he wrote: “For most British commanders the Australian was the bad boy of the Imperial family; and though Haig rather liked this scapegrace, it was typical of him that when a month later, the Australian troops being at the height of their successes, a party of editors and newspaper proprietors from Australia visited the front, he could find no subject more inspiring for his talk with them than the grave need for extending the death penalty to their national force.”

2. In support was the 3 Armd Bde, of the 2 Armd Div; in addition three units of the 7 Armd Div–3 Hussars, 6 Royal Tanks and 1 RHA–remained in Cyrenaica.

3. Brig E. T. Williams, CB, CBE, DSO, KDG. GSO1 (Int) Eighth Army 1942-43; BGS (Int) 21 Army Gp 1944-45. Warden of Rhodes House, Oxford, since 1952. University lecturer; b. 20 Nov 1912.

4. After having described this incident History of the King’s Dragoon Guards 1938-45, by D. McCorquodale, 13. L. B. Hutchings and A. D. Woozley, continues: “Whether this was accepted as accurate information by higher formations is a matter for conjecture, but at the time the Regiment certainly received the impression that its reports were treated with reserve, and that as we were `new to the job’ the imagination of a few troop leaders had magnified an Italian rearguard into something altogether different. However that may be, the report that German ground forces had started to appear created none of the stir which one might have expected–no visits from Staff Officers and Commanders… and no suggestions that our hard won territorial gains in North Africa should be protected by anything more than one armoured car regiment armed with Boyes rifles and machine-guns.” (The German officer who led this patrol, with his diary recording it, was captured in November.)

5. Lt-Gen Sir Philip Neame, VC, KBE, CB, DSO. Dep CGS BEF 1940; GOC Palestine, Transjordan and Cyprus 1940-41; GOC-in-C and Phil Gov Cyrenaica 1941. Regular soldier; b. Macknade, Faversham, Eng, 12 Dec 1888.

6. Lt T. Rowley, VX3375; 2/5 Bn. Clerk; of Melbourne; b. Auckland, NZ, 27 Sep 1919.



(Transcribed and formatted by Szymon Dabrowski for the HyperWar Foundation)   

BENGHAZI:

 

 

al-SALAM:

Harvest Benghazi
ÚÇÇÇĚá
Hear an exchange of fire in some areas of the city of Benghazi, now including the neighborhood of Peace Now

and the Bodzarh.

 

Media Hassan Bacouche escape from Benghazi to Egypt after an assassination attempt three days ago,
and the pursuit of a car carrying masked him in the last few days.

 

 

Hftar 15 thousand soldiers from the Thunderbolt Hdvaa Burqa Brigades and the eastern region
will gltron attack on al-Qaeda camps.
With moral support from citizens Tbisti giving their demonstrations of support.
The so-called disappearance room Libya warns of prejudice Bmaskaradtha including “Camp 17 February”,
warns of protests (and says that the arrows are pretending).
Connection from inside “the camp 17 February” alert, full of soldiers before “17 February”,
for the arrival of commandos and some of the young city of Benghazi and some soldiers, from the camp, want to get out of the camp before the arrival of young Benghazi please Publishing.
PICTURE of a good,brave Thunderbolt soldier:
Benghazi Hedda evening

 

Benghazi and the harvest of the Nakba:
Bombing of a shop decor and chandeliers in the market Zamzam and bombing since little is targeting

replace “Home Sweet Home” for furniture Bakazv RPG market of Zamzam, which resulted in the explosion

for material losses and there was no casualties, and the shop compared to the commercial bank and the

owner of the shop called “Hamad Warfali”.

Emaar Abnghaza
The harvest of permanent
RBI saves honorable Liberal
Zamzam market hall bombing in the city of Benghazi.

News Agency of Libya today

News and please almost certain caution
Ansar al-evil armor and leaders are planning an attack on the day of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation

and after the arrival of a group of fools Derna to Benghazi today ..
A source close to the Supporters of ANSAR al-Sharia:

 

SOUSSE, TOBRUK, TOKRH / PRECISE, DERNA & THE TUBER:

DERNA:

 

A very strong explosion shakes the city of Derna shortly before.

Massive destruction of the right orbit at the company’s new mobile phone in the city of Derna. 

Impact of the blast, which targeted a little while ago, a building located on the Corniche Road consists

of three floors were damaged, all in addition to the destruction of the first floor of the lessor

before the full comprehensive destruction orbit.

TUBER:





“Rafla honorable against tails Mzrath”, on FB informs us:

Message from the Governor of the inventory Dirt Libya Central great friend _

to Prime Minister rats Aljdidafassd Ahmed Meitik despicable

and shows the cooperation between the Central Bank and Riashh ministers donkeys.

____________________

SOUTH LIBYA:

(FEZZAN):

SABHA:


YANKEE DRONES bomb 3 targets this morning:

Libyan Ahmed, writes:


“I am in Sabha and we heard three powerful explosions”

 

News confirms that he has been kidnapped today named Atia Abed Tamami Slimani by gunmen

in the city of Sabha.

 

—-

 

al-KUFRA:

 

al-Kufra supporters of Satan
Grimy supporters clients infidels of the devil, to kill and destroy Islam.

مشاركة عبر البريد
هولاء انصار الشيطان
انصار الوساخة انصار عملاء الكفرة لقتل وتدمير الاسلام
Participation de diable partisans crasse partisans clients Kufra pour tuer et détruire l’Islam de ces partisans de messagerie !

__________________________

EGYPT:

“Youth Congress Libyan tribes year,” on FB, reports:Was a secret meeting between the leaders of the “Brotherhood” in the Libyan capital Tripoli, and members of the ‘Muslim’ Brotherhood in the State of Qatar, including Egyptians working in Al-Jazeera, and is sponsored and funded by the State of Qatar.The sources pointed out that the aim of the meeting of the leaders of the ‘Muslim’ Brotherhood of Egypt, Libya, Qatar and some Turks, is a rearrangement of the ‘Muslim’ Brotherhood and the bombing of the situation in the region, after the final blow they received in Egypt.The meeting will also discussed ways to recruit financial support that you receive Brotherhood of Qatar to carry out that task, and will be performed by Brotherhood supporters of the instructions for the next phase of excitement and chaos of the riots in Libya, Egypt and some Gulf states in coordination and officials of Al-Jazeera.

‘MUSLIM’ BROTHERHOOD secret meeting in TRIPOLI on how to cause more destruction, havoc, troubles and disturbances.

مؤتمر شباب القبائل الليبية العام
اجتماعًا سريًا تم بين قيادات “الإخوان” في العاصمة الليبية طرابلس، وأعضاء من جماعة الإخوان في دولة قطر من بينهم مصريون يعملون في قناة الجزيرة، وبرعاية وتمويل من دولة قطر.
وأوضحت المصادر، أن الهدف من الاجتماع الذي تعقده قيادات الإخوان من مصر وليبيا وقطر وبعض الأتراك، هو إعادة ترتيب أوضاع الإخوان وتفجير الأوضاع في المنطقة، بعد الضربة القاضية التي تلقوها في مصر.
كما يناقش الاجتماع سبل توظيف الدعم المالي الذي تتلقاه جماعة الإخوان من قطر لتنفيذ تلك المهمة، وما سيقوم به أنصار الإخوان من تعليمات للمرحلة المقبلة من إثارة للفوضى والشغب في ليبيا ومصر وبعض الدول الخليجية بالتنسيق ومسئولي قناة الجزيرة القطرية.

al-Jazeera, Israel, the EU and the Yanks:

“Rafla and honorable against tails Mzrath”, on FB, informs us:

Arab Media Lies

Plays America and the island

Hallelujah …. only to Egypt for the arrest of five of the spies (press release)

al-Jazeera Event (UGH!—all ZIONISTA) follows:

150 members of the U.S. Congress are demanding the Egyptian government for their release.

Freedom House and the American Jewish organizations, a number of U.S. calls for release of journalist island.

– More than 90 network television, including CNN and NBC, and more than 182 chief editor, mostly Europeans demanding the release of Al Jazeera journalist.

– In addition to dozens of Arab and international organizations, all demanding the release of journalist expressly island.
………..

Hallelujah Where were these when the bombing of Iraqi television 3 times in 1992, 1994 and 2003 by the U.S. forces and led to the killing of eight journalists.

Where those of Qatar arrested two Tunisian journalists and deputies Mahmoud Abdel Moez Ballali and sentenced by a court to life imprisonment because the country, one of them entered the country without a journalist and says he tried to report on the work of Qatar and the other because he took out documents about corruption in the Al-Jazeera children.

Where these bombing of Libyan television and bombing Palestinian resistance, Hamas TV “Far” and also stop the broadcast channel of the Iraqi resistance “Zora” and, and also channel “minimum” of the Syrian regime?? Is not that also mute the freedom of expression.????
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Do you remember the play that # America wants to bombard the island despite the fact that America does not need to only 5 carts Hummer graduated from the base of many in the U.S. and # Qatar closed the island and all the surrounding area.

Do you remember the statements and the U.S. State Department about the island that it supports terrorism and anti-American channel??

Each of these plays aim to show the island as anti-American and pro-Arab peoples and issues of resistance and thus FALSELY ‘gain and earn the trust of the viewer’ and Dr. poor Arab, aaah….

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TUNISIA:

“Rafla and honorable against tails Mzrath”, on FB, asks us to

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam too ….
Please share this publication, even up to the largest number of Ahrar.

Message addressed to our brothers and our families honorable displaced in Tunisia, peace be upon you all, surely you know that the company Tunisiana has been owned entirely to Alkhrtih Qatar after what has been purchased,

so I see from Almistojb everyone boycott this company and go to another company in the context of the war on those who had The main reason for the outcome of the Great Jamahiriya, and Hedda types of war, a war of economic and most dangerous not to mention tapping calls honorable,

and I believe continue to use the means of communication this topic company’s mobile phone or the Internet is to support her. It suggested that a date has historic significance for us, but not too soon in a period not exceeding ten days for a boycott of the company
and Hedda less what can be done and is available to all, with the possibility of contact with all nationalists and patriots Tunisians to do the same, and you well.

هااااااااااااااااااام جدا….
الرجاء مشاركة هذا المنشور حتي يصل لأكبر عدد من الأحرار.

رسالة موجهه الى إخوتنا وأهلنا الشرفاء المهجرين فى تونس ،السلام عليكم جميعا ، بالتأكيد علمتم بان شركة تونيزيانا قد تمت ملكيتها بالكامل الى الخرتيته قطر بعد ما تم شراؤها ، لذا ارى من المستوجب على الجميع مقاطعة هذه الشركة والتوجه الى شركة اخرى فى إطار الحرب على من كان السبب الرئيسى لما آلت اليه جماهيريتنا ، وهدا من انواع الحرب وهى الحرب الاقتصادية وأخطرها ناهيك عن التنصت على مكالمات الشرفاء ، واعتقد الاستمرار فى استخدام وسائل اتصالات هده الشركة للهاتف المحمول او الإنترنيت هو دعماً لها ، عليه اقترح تحديد تاريخ له معنى تاريخى بالنسبة لنا وليكن قريبا جداً فى فترة لا تتجاوز عشرة ايام لمقاطعة الشركة وهدا اقل مايمكن فعله ومتاح للجميع ، مع امكانية الاتصال بكل القوميين والوطنيين التونسيين للفعل نفسه ، ولكم التوفيق.

 

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