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Battle Of Beda Fomm

#1 User is offline   pleiades 

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:18 PM

I'm trying to trace my father's military history and thought perhaps someone might be able to confirm a couple of points.

I know my father was:
Conscripted on 16 March 1940
Trained in Rome's chemical division
A flame thrower
Captured on 6 February 1941 at Agedabia which I believe to have been part of the Battle of Beda Fomm.
Prisoner of war number M.E. 196380
Sent to South Africa before being sent to the UK.
Finally discharged on 8 July 1946

Tanks listed at this Battle are M13s. I don't believe these carried Flame throwers. My understanding was he would have been in a L3/35. Am I right?

Can anyone point me to where I might get more information on this battle? I'd like to get a clear picture of which regiment etc he was in. I've records of the camps he was in as a prisoner and my ultimate goal is to have a time line going from conscription until discharge.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:51 AM

View Postpleiades, on 30 October 2012 - 10:18 PM, said:

Can anyone point me to where I might get more information on this battle? I'd like to get a clear picture of which regiment etc he was in. I've records of the camps he was in as a prisoner and my ultimate goal is to have a time line going from conscription until discharge.


Hi, Pleiades - wikipedia is often a good place to start an investigation. Also because any posting often has a reference to other sources at the bottom.

If you google: Battle of Beda Fomm you shall get a lot info to start with. For example, this one:

https://www.google.c...iw=1280&bih=793

Fred





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Posted 01 November 2012 - 08:42 AM

His papers don't say in what unit he was?

He could have been an assault engineer with a portable flame thrower.
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