During February 1941, the 5th Leichte Division was hurriedly debarked in Tripoli hoping to stave off what appeared to be an imminent British drive into Tripolitania. The first brush between British and German patrols occurred between two scouting parties hurtling down the coast road west of El Agheila. The two groups were traveling so fast they shots past each other before either could engage. "My God!" said the British commander, "did you see who they were? Germans!" Both sides spun around and attacked.
Attacker: British (Armoured Car Troop from 11th Hussars)
Defender: German (3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 5th Leichte Division)