I've just read this in Colin Smith's England's Last War With France on page 174. Regarding the 1st Bn Essex Regt when the author is discribing the make up of Habforce, off to relieve Habbaniya in Iraq. ..and 200 riflemen of the 1st Essex, a battalion in disgrace ever since their baptism of fire on the Sudanese-Eritrean border six months before when they bolted under Italian bombing. Has anyone more info on that action where they "bolted" ? Where they seen by the rest of the Army as being in disgrace? Would like to know more, cheers.