Outpost Snipe

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  1. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    During 2nd Alamein, the 2nd battalion, Rifle Brigade, succesfully held the ground of isolated Outpost Snipe, in an epic stand of the new 6-pounder against the might of the panzerwaffe, with a sprinkling of italian armor.

    Can anyone provide a good account of this action? Pitt gives a good description of it in the 2nd "Crucible", but some in-depth materiel, opinions, etc., would be greatly appreciated :D
     
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Warlord
    Some of us think in terms of three Alamein battles 1) in July when the retreat from the Gazala Gallop ended at the station - 2) the defensive battle at Alam El Halfa in the September and 3) - the attacking battle in the October '42 - so I awould assume that you are referring to the October battles as being # 2 battle and the heroic stand of the 2nd Rifles -

    thought that Strawson might have had something to say about that - but can't find anything in his book- but will have another look around...
    Cheers
     
  3. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    Warlord
    Some of us think in terms of three Alamein battles 1) in July when the retreat from the Gazala Gallop ended at the station - 2) the defensive battle at Alam El Halfa in the September and 3) - the attacking battle in the October '42 - so I awould assume that you are referring to the October battles as being # 2 battle and the heroic stand of the 2nd Rifles -

    Yes Tom, after straightening up this whole deal of numbering the Alamein battles (I hope :unsure:) I'm referring to your #3 as Second Alamein, given that a lot of writers refer to it as such (at least Pitt does).

    However, I do share your point of view about the IDing of the three battles. When Auchinleck first stopped Erwin's 29 panzers at the end of his over-stretched supply lines, around the Alamein box, should be First Alamein, not Alam Halfa.
     
  4. Owen

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  5. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

  6. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Owen -
    I have that book somewhere buried away - excellent account of that action - must dig deeper and find it for re-reading.....
    Cheers
     
  7. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Have you read this?
    From Alamein: War Without Hate by Colin Smith , [isn't that the book I posted to you?]

    Alamein - War without hate, Colin Smith, war correspondent, expert on military history

    There is an 11 page account of Snipe in this book. I have it and it's an excellent read. Richard Holmes in his 'War Walks' series for the BBC also covered Snipe in his programme on El Alamein with regards to Vic Turner VC. If you get the chance to see this then do so because it's a quite superb documentary.
     
  8. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Owen
    Finally found "War without Hate" after some digging in my Library and so into the first chapter already.....don't really care if it rains all week end now...as it has for the past three - with snow as well ....
    Cheers
     
  9. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY



    From 29 Dec 2019

    "Was the British 6 pdr ATG any good? How did it fare when attacked by the might of the Wehrmacht's panzers? In 1942, both sides found out in the famous action at codename 'Snipe' during the battle of El Alamein."
     

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