3rd Reconnaissance Battalion guards the left (southern) flank of DAK, coordinating closely with Italian XXI Corps to provide early warning of any enemy attacks and to defeat enemy reconnaissance efforts. 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion will move to the west with DAK and continue to guard the DAK’s left flank as it and XXI Italian Corps move towards Tobruk. In order, Commander 15th Panzer Division will counterattack enemy forces attacking into DAK area if responsibility that are beyond 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion’s capabilities to defeat.
I would also request additional artillery support for DAK, especially the Africa Division, as it has insufficient indirect fire support for an assault against an enemy in a deliberate defense in prepared positions. If this can come from Italian forces, all the better.
I order the 33rd Aufklarungs Abt. to screen the left (southern) flank of the DAK while it is forming up for the assault on Tobruch, as it will not be needed (or useful) in the assault on the fortress. I advise General Rommell as well as the Commander of the Italian XXI Corps and of 21 Pz Div of my intentions.