Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 550 March 3, 1941

Rommel moves German 5th Light Division along the Libyan coast road from Sirte to hold a narrow pass 17 miles West of the Allied forward positions at El Agheila. This will block any Allied advances towards Tripoli and serve as a base for offensive operations. Germans also construct defenses in the desert to prevent the Allies from bypassing this position.

Italian aircraft bomb Larissa in central Greece (devastated 2 days ago by 6.3 magnitude earthquake) but 5 Cant bombers are shot down over Corfu by RAF Hurricane fighters.

German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau arrive off the West coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands, threatening convoy routes to Britain.

440 miles West of Ireland, Bootsmannsmaat (Petty Officer) Artur Mei falls overboard from U-97 and is lost.

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