On two occasions at night, British ground patrols in the El Alamein area observed a
German Fieseler Storch take off and circle around them firing its machine guns. It
has been suggested that this may be a method of ascertaining the strength of hostile
patrols and ensuring ample warning if an attack in force is under way.
Comment: This is a small German plane comparable to the U.S. liaison plane. It
can take off and land in very limited space and is used for liaison, courier
service, observation, and similar tasks. Division and higher commanders sometimes
use it for reconnaissance and as a means of transportation.