#Beni Yusuf ( now called Beni Sweif in Beni Suef
Governorate) has large
airfield which 1 RF was responsible for defending. Training
with new men and equipment shows up defects which are
corrected and issues with Whitehall get resolved.
24/05/1940 Empire Day -
King George VI says "The
decisive struggle is now upon us ... Let no one be mistaken;
it is not mere territorial conquest that our enemies are
seeking. It is the overthrow, complete and final, of this
Empire and of everything for which it stands, and after that
the conquest of the world. And if their will prevails they
will bring to its accomplishment all the hatred and cruelty
which they have already displayed."
Invades France &
19/05 BEF starts retreat to Dunkirk and evacuations
4th June Dunkirk
10th June Italy enters war
14th June Paris occupied by German troops
AUG Battle of Britain starts
SEP Italy begines invasion of Egypt from Libya and
the Blitz starts
DEC Operation Compass (Battle of Marmarica/Battle of
the Camps see Dec above)
St Pauls Cathedral survives blitz raid
Middle East Command established June 1939.
The whole area was quite until Italy's declaration of
war June 1940 when, in spite of his inferiority in troop
numbers, Gen. Wavell was able to not only defend against the
Italian attacks but by May 1941, he was able to defeat the
Italians and occupy their east African colonies of Eritrea,
Ethiopia and Italian Somaliland.
Up until Dec '40 Brigade is used in defensive role. Then its
offensive capacity get used with full effect at Sidi Barrani
to route the Iti's!!