Faughs capture their first POWs, North Africa.

Event
Monday, 28 December, 1942

On the night of 25 December 1942 in Tunisia, the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers took over an area of the Goubellat Plain from its sister battalion in 38 (Irish) Brigade, the 6th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

During the miserable weather at the end of December, the Faughs were patrolling against the enemy, a Paratroop Brigade of the Hermann Goering Division. On the night of 27/28 December, Lieutenant Moore and three men were killed in a successful enemy ambush. Shortly afterwards Captain Jefferies stalked a German patrol and captured the Faugh's first prisoners who gave valuable information about enemy plans.

B and C Companies used this information to disrupt a 200-strong German attack christened 'The Battle of the Mosques'.

Below: This image shows a general view from the hills overlooking the plains, with Sherman tanks moving in to attack later in the campaign (April 1943).
TUNISIA: BRITISH ATTACK ON THE GOUBELLAT PLAINS
TUNISIA: BRITISH ATTACK ON THE GOUBELLAT PLAINS© IWM (NA 2357)