Time Spent in Reconnaissance is Seldom Wasted

Credit IWM

Credit IWM

On the 10th, 11th and 12th September, the Section Commanders reconnoitred the various Sectors allotted to them and selected the sites which were completed by the morning of the 13th September, in preparation for the coming bathe on the 15th September.

Meanwhile the tank crews were preparing their tanks for action, fitting the gun sponsons, loading the tanks with stores and filling the 6 pdr ammunition racks and machine gun belts.  Machine guns were also fitted and petrol tanks filled with aviation fuel in place of the petrol used during training. Some tank commanders managed to recce their deployment routes but very few were able to see the ground over which they were to fight, let alone marry up with the infantry.

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