Don´t forget as members of the Western Desert Forces the Poles and Czechs who fought alongside the 9th Diggers at Tobruk. This from Axis History on the movements of the Poles and the Czechs. Axis History Forum • View topic - Czech Btn in Tobruk 206 Czechs from were stranded in Beirut at the time of the French surrender. On June 29 they moved to a camp near Tel Aviv with British help. Here a Czech unit was formed and was originally designated the 4th Czechoslovak Infantry Regiment, under Col. J Kores. Its 1st battalion (1st - 4th co.) was commanded by Lt Col Klapalek.. It was commanded by Colonel Klapalek. On 1/11/40 this Czech unit was designated Czech Infantry Battalion No. 11/east with 1st Inf, 2nd &3rd cadre, 4th officers co. Feb 41 battalion moved to the Egpytian coast at Mersa Matruh. 15/6/41 advanced with 23 Inf Bde (4th Indian Div) into Libya as part of Operation Battleaxe 23 Inf Brigade including the Czechs shifted to Lebanon mid July 1941 as part of 6th Infantry Division Garrison duties in Aleppo until October 14. After requests for a more active role it moved to Tobruk. The Czech infantry battalion was one of the units that replaced the Australian 9th Division in Tobruk Other units were the British 70th Division and the Polish Carpathian Brigade. It arrived as part of Operation Cultivate (15th - 25th October). It was now 785 men strong with 4 companies. It manned the western perimeter of Tobruk with the Poles. 10/12/41 seige lifted, Czech 2nd co. acts as XXX corps protection during advance to Antelate. 7/4/42 battalion returns to Palestine 22/5/42 becomes 200th Czechoslovakian Light AA Regiment -east, serving in Haifa and Beriral. According to one source early in 1942 it suffered heavy losses in an air raid and was therefore pulled back in April.