During the battalions posting to Gibraltar
as the resident infantry battalion it was its responsibility
to provide a company strength contingent to garrison
RAF El Adem at Tobruk. This was to provide security
plus other duties. Details of life at RAF El Adem will
be provided soon by men who went on that duty.
Salute - To The Soldiers of the Sand
(Bath & Wilts Evening Echo - March 26th 1962)
Bath and Wilts troops of the SCLI
are on exercise in the desert of Tobruk, where they
are up against a natural enemy.... a 50mph gale of hot
air known as the "Ghibli".
"Ghibli, Jebel or Khamsin, call it
what you like, its a pretty bloomin nuisance".
Thats the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry view
of the sand-laden gale that has disrupted life as nothing
else could, except perhaps a boatload of girls, in the
last few days here in the RAF station of Tobruk.
The particular Bath born Private who forcibly
expressed this opinion had just finished a two day exercise,
including a night in the trenches, practising sitting
still. The gale greeted them as they sloshed optimistically
from their Z landing craft, covered the retreat of their
"Exercise Tango", opponents- the RAF Regiment-
with visibility down to 30 or 40 yards, and when they
gave up the chase, hurled sand in their faces and mess
tins and they delved into those scanty but welcome 24hour
Newspaper cutting supplied by Peter
If you have memories of that posting please
do write in as all material is welcomed.