#410617_01v Operation Battleaxe - Day 3 - North Africa 1941
#410617_01v Operation Battleaxe - Day 3By David Freer
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Fort Capuzzo, Egyptian - Libyan Border: June 17th, 1941. (Scenario Size: Corp. Head to Head or Human vs AI for either side. This scenario uses variable objective victory points) On June 16th it was a day of two halves. The British we're in the ascendancy in the morning, but the Afrika Korp seized the initiative in the afternoon. Fort Capuzzo had remained in Allied hands, despite the best efforts of 8th Panzer Regiment. The injection of 5th Leichte Division towards Sidi Omar resulted in a series of engagements on the Libyan side of the border with 7th Armored Brigade seeing its strength dwindle due to the constant skirmishes. The failings of the British vehicle recovery and repair services were marked when compared to the efficiency of the comparable Axis teams. With an increasing panzer superiority, Rommel began the day planning to drive through Sidi Suleiman to Halfaya Pass to cut off the Allied units in both Sollum and Fort Capuzzo. It was only a quick appreciation by Messervy (4th Indian Division) and Creagh (7th Armored Division) who unilaterally decided to withdraw their forces before being cut off from supply.