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Friday 27th February
Jerry planes active from early morning. Two unknown planes brought down in dog fights – fights to high to recognise. Continued digging pits. Another beautiful day. Played cards in evening.
Saturday 28th February
Awakened by terrific machine gunning and ack-ack fire. Eighteen Jerry planes attacked ??? drome and surrounding area. Planes diving at ack-ack positions got one dump. Shrapnel from ack-ack dropping around us. For a half hour it was hell. Finished wiring land mine area 3 rows of ??? wire. Rained heavily during afternoon. ________ got case of whisky from Tobruk – boys had wonderful time. Tobruk raided heavily at night. Enemy planes also overhead.
Sunday 1st March
Out across desert in salvage trip. Found a “Bardia Bill” ??? of gun, also a Stuka – only been down a while – ashes around engine still warm – most of the parts had been removed. Continued across desert then to Tobruk. Please at seeing garrison. Buildings shattered to pieces – all of stone pure white. ______ ships laying sunk in harbour. 2 working. Would be great place in peace time. Tobruk heavily fortified – ack-ack around perimiter. Many Jerry naval guns mounted also one mess of wire. Big cemetery across bay overlooking town. Returned to El Adem drome – deposited salvage then to camp. Heard that all air-mail had been stopped. Seven Free French had refused to work in wire under guard next to our tent. Complained about their food – wanted oranges and bananas on menu instead of bully & biscuits.
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“Shrapnel from ack-ack dropping around us.” We tend to forget that everything that went up had to come back down somewhere.
I suspect there were lots of injuries from shrapnel – we tend to think of bullets and bombs but I suspect casualties from incidental woundings would be very high.