RAID FOR INTELLIGENCE AT BENGHAZI, LIBYA
TO: No. 1337 Section, LRDG
FROM: Major-General (acting) William Gott, Commanding
Section Sergeants will prepare for long-range patrol operations well beyond held-lines and points of contact. Communications will be paramount, but so will ensuring the section is prepared via consumables for a potentially long-term operation.
Low plain desert with limited cover provided by sparse vegetation, low-lying dunes, and dry wadi at and near the border. As the section pushes further into Libya you will begin encountering more and more rocky terrain, ridgelines and cliffs.
With the Italian forces inability or unwillingness to hold us to our lines, our counter offensive has enjoyed continued success. It is believed, however, that while this situation has garnered us certain opportunities that those opportunities are both finite and perishable. As such these opportunities must be capitalized on before the Italians either realize their mistakes and restructure their defense, seek and receive assistance from the German allies, or both.
LRDG units, with their experiences with infiltration and reconnaissance across the Western Desert, will be paired elements from the newly created Special Air Service and assist with raids across the Italian held areas behind their own lines. In No.1337s case this will be in being paired with a small element from L Detachment with their objective being a large concentration of English and other Commonwealth POWs at Benghazi.
A direct assault on Benghazi is believed would result in the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, of our boys being held there. So despite it relative closeness to the front lines it has been decided that an overland route would more than compensate for the loss of time with it’s assumed element of surprise.
Due to the combined nature of the units operating, Headquarters has defined the responsibilities of both as such: The LRDG shall be responsible for communications, transportation, maintenance, and egress from the raid area; The SAS shall be responsible for the raid itself, as well as the securing, protection, and safety of the POWs. In short, to and from Benghazi this will be an LRDG operation, while there the SAS boys will have command.
As a part of ongoing operations naval aircraft are striking at targets along the coast. While the overall schedule for these strikes is well above your paygrade it would be pertinent for you to know that a strike by Royal Navy Typhoons will take place in the evening in three days time. Whether you intend to utilize that strike as cover, or attempt to direct it yourself, it is recommended you recover the POWs on or before that time.
COMMAND AND SIGNAL:
Dagger Three: L Detachment SAS Men
Rapier Five: Adjacent LRDG Section
Sword Seven: Adjacent L DEtachment SAS Men
Raincloud: Typhoon Flight
Sign, Pass, and Countersign will be as follows: Griffon, Tower, and Early.
At this point in the war it is unknown how deeply or completely our forces or intelligence network have been infiltrated. Take care in utilizing the proper sign, pass, and countersign techniques with any and all unknown faces.