movement order for December 15 details an ambitious daylight frontal assault to
be conducted by the Māori Battalion. The
Battalion had been involved in a number of operations at Menastir, Sollum, Gazala, including an attack
on Point 181 as part of the Eighth Army's pursuit of Rommel. December 15 was a tragic day for the
Battalion as C Company lost a third of a 13 platoon when their trench was hit
by a shell. For more detail see the
December 1941 diary.