RECCE SWEEP FOR LEFT FLANK, WESTERN DESERT FORCE
TO: No. 1337 Section, LRDG
FROM: Major-General (acting) William Gott, Commanding
Section Sergeants will prepare for long-range patrol operations with special attention paid to stealth and communications capabilities. Potential for operations to extend as needed and so consumables will need to be secured and checked.
Barren desert up to the coast, lake, and river bed with sparse vegetation approaching those regions. Little to no changes in elevation prohibiting vantage points. Tracks and trails used by native, nomadic residents scattered about the region.
With the combined Italian and Libyan forces surrender in North Africa Headquarters has called for an operational pause. Due to our continued success in the region several units have been pulled from the front lines to be redeployed to the ongoing conflict in Greece and the surrounding nations.
Prime units are to continue to fortify and reinforce, as able, in and around El Agheila. Separate and Light units will be used as reconnaissance and screening forces to the West and South as needed. No. 1337 Section, in specific, will be a part of the force flanking to the South as part of the reconnaissance action.
It is believed that a large force of German Wehrmacht, designated as the Afrika Korps, has landed in Tunisia and therefore all caution is advised. The primary purpose of this operation is recce and combat should be avoided unless victory can be assured or the contact cannot otherwise be avoided.
Air and naval support is being held in reserve, but can be contacted for release in case of major engagement. Many adjacent units will be present and therefore potentially available for support if needed. Primary focus will be on the holding of ground at El Agheila so support may be withdrawn at any time.
COMMAND AND SIGNAL:
Willow Six: Western Adjacent Unit
Willow Eight: Eastern Adjacent Unit
Birch: Naval Gunfire Liaison
Spruce: Royal Air Force Liaison
Sign, Pass, and Countersign will be as follows: Lion, Javelin, and Market.