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Battle of Bardia      
"The first brigade of the newly formed 6th Australian Division arrived in Egypt in February 1940, After training in Egypt, the Australians crossed into Libya on 19 December to take their place in the front line. On the morning of 3 January 1941, the men of the 16th Brigade of the 6th Australian Division attacked Bardia, breaking through the western face of the defensive perimeter, while soldiers of the 2/6th Battalion launched a diversionary attack on the southern side. Later in the morning, the 17th Australian Brigade joined in the attack. On 4 January, the 16th Brigade encircled Bardia and during the afternoon Australian soldiers entered the town. Little Italian resistance remained in the northern sector but fighting continued in the southern sector until the following day. " 


Major Peters discussing plans with gun crews and officers before the attack on Bardia.

"On 5 January, the following bulletin was issued by General Headquarters in Cairo: “All resistance at Bardia ceased at 1330 hrs today”. 130 Australians had been killed in the action, and 326 were wounded. However, they had taken over 40,000 prisoners, 400 guns and 127 tanks.

The Australians’ victory at Bardia, remarkable for the fact that it was achieved in their very first battle, made big news back home, and they received a cable from Prime Minister Robert Menzies saying “We are all proud of you”. In London, the Daily Express described the Australian soldiers at Bardia as “the cream of the Empire troops and the finest and toughest fighting men in the world.”

[Source: http://www.awmlondon.gov.au/battles/bardia]