Secretary’s Report 2002
The Sentry’s Log
On a visit to the Australian War Memorial at Canberra in November last, Ron Bryant was pleased to see on display an Italian 20-mm. Breda Light Anti- Aircraft gun, as used by the 8th Battery in Tobruk.
After studying it with great interest, he demonstrated his love/hate opinion of it by saying. “What rotten equipment. Who will ever forget clearing those frequent stoppages while in action”.
Nevertheless, as there was not a lot of information about the gun, he sent to the AWM details and old news-cuttings about the use of the Bredas by 8th Battery and of the results obtained with them [including the score of 23 enemy aircraft shot down, 14 more probably destroyed, 60 badly damaged and 100 others hit.] He also suggested that a better location for the gun would be in the North Africa – Tobruk display [near a captured German anti-tank gun].
Ron received a letter of thanks for the information on the Breda. Its permanent placement is to be considered by the AWM Head Curator who took the opportunity of reporting that their collection of artifacts and relics from North Africa is not large. In particular, their holdings for Tobruk and El Alamein are quite small.
In case our members can assist, we quote from the Head Curator’s letter:
“Should you, or any of your comrades hold material that would benefit the collection, you might like to consider donating it to the Memorial. Items of an historical or human interest nature, particularly anything with a story attached, are still sought. I would be pleased to discuss this further with you if you wish”.