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Bardia to Enfidaville

6 Infantry Brigade on 20 April

6 Infantry Brigade on 20 April

At 6.45 a.m. Brigadier Gentry reported to General Freyberg by telephone and gave him a report on his front, which was a good one. At that moment the situation on 5 Brigade front was not known at Divisional Headquarters, but it was known that there was an enemy pocket between the two brigades, and 8 Armoured Brigade was given the task of mopping up with its remaining regiment (Staffs Yeomanry), while 3 Royal Tanks (under 6 Infantry Brigade) moved westwards with the same task. The Royal Tanks lost three tanks on mines, but neither regiment had any losses from shellfire, which was heavy.

For 26 and 24 Battalions the day was spent mainly in keeping to slit trenches to avoid the constant shelling. Enemy transport and other enemy activities were seen to the north-west, and at 11.15 a.m. our artillery engaged observation posts on Djebel el Froukr, and also the flat ground between Froukr and Ogla.