The following items of information on certain German patrols in the El Alamein area
have been obtained.
The patrols in question occurred at regular intervals of 4 days, the men being
drawn from the various platoons in the company. At no time was a complete squad or
platoon as such detailed for a patrol. One patrol consisted of 16 to 18 men under a
platoon commander. The men were formed into two squads, and only the squad leaders were
told the plans for the patrol. They left their main line of resistance and went
out 1,500 to 2,000 yards in front of their minefields, in single file. Five or six men
stayed behind to guard the gap through the minefield.
On another patrol, the covering party consisted of an NCO and six men armed with
one machine gun, one Tommy gun, and hand grenades. A third patrol consisted of the
equivalent of two platoons under the command of a company commander.
Neither telephone nor portable radio set was taken on these patrols, and no
artillery officer accompanied them.