Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday 30th June 1942

"GREAT BATTLE RAGING SW AND SE OF MATRUH”

“Axis claims to have taken Mersa Matruh may be regarded as correct. The evacuation of this coastal village(!) need not be regarded as an alarming development...”

““Britain can and will defend Egypt” says message from Mr Eden”

BBC News this evening. Germany claims that their forward forces have now reached Fukar. That's about 40 miles west of Daba and far to the east of Sidihanaish. There was no mention of our first desert station, the Bagush Box, so presumably that, too, is taken.

We have just had our evening brew and learnt that this hospital will remain here intact - “whatever happens.” Well, I shan't be here long myself, as I move to a nearby convalescent camp tomorrow night. Probably I'll see Ellis and Britten there.

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