Libyan Pioneer Battalions

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Libyan Pioneer Battalions

Post by Andy H » 11 May 2003 17:34

During the siege of Tobruk the British had 3 Pioneer (Labour) Btn’s-1st, 2nd & 4th Libyan, within the garrison.

Does anyone know anything about these units and what was the reaction of the Italians towards these troops if captured, were they considered traitors?

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Post by daveh » 12 May 2003 15:16

Sorry andy so far all i know is that these units existed, my references give no details of their use or of any consequences on being captured if any were.

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Post by sand digger » 17 May 2003 04:29

The Libyan labour battalions consisted of refugees, presumably civilains. By mid June '41 their number was around 1100.

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Post by Andy H » 17 May 2003 12:15

Sand Digger

What ref's give you the detail that the Pioneer Btn's were made up from Refugee's and not recruited locally from Tobruk?

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Post by sand digger » 20 May 2003 04:37

Andy, the Australian history series, vol III, Tobruk and El Alamein.

It mentions the word refugees but not where they came from.

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Post by Andy H » 20 May 2003 23:18

Sandigger

Thanks for that, do you have the ISBN so I can try and obtain a copy of this volume?

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Post by sand digger » 21 May 2003 05:04

Andy H wrote:Sandigger

Thanks for that, do you have the ISBN so I can try and obtain a copy of this volume?

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ISBN 0 00 217549 5. The author is Barton Maughan.

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Post by Andy H » 21 May 2003 13:06

Thank you again

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