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ALAMEIN Operation Lightfoot D+4 to 5 – 27 to 28 Oct 1942

An Exhausted 50th Division is Fought to a Standstill on D+5

An Exhausted 50th Division is Fought to a Standstill on D+5

By now the cauldron had been renamed “Plum Pudding Hill” by the Umpire, as it had turned into a big pile of infantry with tanks poured over them like custard.   I should have imposed some order earlier, but Gary R and Tim G were passing   all their morale tests, and having fun, so it seemed simpler top go with the flow.

Plum Pudding Hill

Plum Pudding Hill

When the combat finally resolved, both 50th Infantry Division and 22nd Armoured Brigade were shattered. 21 Panzer was in little better shape, so when leading elements of 10th Armoured Division appeared to their rear, they were foced to  turn about and fight them off.

Ariete in Position to prevent the Inevitable Breakthrough

Ariete in Position to prevent the Inevitable Breakthrough

Pavia was confident in the deep south that having Ariete supporting them for a counterattack would stave off any threatened breakthrough from 4th Light Armoured Brigade. The earlier failure to stem the northern breakthrough was having consequences though, as Ariete was called north to bolster the Italian withdrawal. There seemed to be a callous lack of sympathy from the German High Command as they efficiently regrouped prior to withdrawing, and Pavia broadcast their betrayal to anyone who would listen.

Ramke had known this for a few hours already, through Luftwaffe channels, but when the order came to pull back, they were still heavily engaged and had to wait until 50th Division and the dashing “Pip” Roberts had immolated themselves on “Plum Pudding Hill” before sloping off in the gathering dusk of D+5.

Pavia Abandoned to their Fate

Pavia Abandoned to their Fate

Finally, 1st Free French had driven off the remains of Kampfgruppe Kiel, and threaded a way through the minefields to the south of Pavia, paving the way for 4th Light Armoured Brigade to break out into the open desert.

Free French - Bon Alors!

Free French – Bon Alors!

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ALAMEIN Operation Lightfoot D+3 to 4 – 26 to 27 Oct 1942

Rommel is not Happy

Rommel is not Happy

The game resumed after a convivial and entertaining lunch, with the allies continuing to grind through the Axis defences. Calls for 21 Panzer were becoming ever more strident. In reality, I am not sure if Rommel, a General who excelled in not obeying orders when it suited him, would have tolerated insubordination in his own generals to this extent.

Assault Pioneers Fail Spectacularly

Assault Pioneers Fail Spectacularly

For now though, von Gow and  Steve C (commanding Ramke) were benefitting from the support of 21 Panzer as Gary R’s 50th Northumbrian Division and 1st Greek Brigade pushed relentlessly onward. A local counterattack by Ramke’s assault pioneers failed spectacularly, even rolling white instead of black dice fooled no-one, as they came up with three ones! Gary’s infantry were getting pretty low in strength, so he ordered 22nd Armoured Brigade forward against the final obstacle to make a breakout possible.

DAF over the Cauldron

DAF over the Cauldron

Every NGM western desert game so far has seen a cauldron develop at the point of contact when an Axis panzer division has contacted an Allied armoured brigade. This game was no exception as the two sides fought for supremacy on the ground and in the air.

Dogfight over Ramke

Dogfight over Ramke

Meanwhile to the south, the 44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division commanded by Tim M, was steadily chewing its way through stubborn opposition. Pavia and Folgore were only holding by counterattacking with fresh reserves, then reoccupying positions with units that were already spent. Nevertheless, the NQM-experienced Trebian was forcing the Allies to fight hard for every position taken.

The Cauldron

The Cauldron

21 Panzer Division get the Upper Hand in the Cauldron D+3 to D+4

21 Panzer Division get the Upper Hand in the Cauldron D+3

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ALAMEIN Operation Lightfoot D+1to2: 24 to 25 Oct 1942

Alamein 50 Division Attack Engaging the MDL on D+1-2

Alamein 50 Division Attack Engaging the MDL on D+1-2

On the second night of the battle, the two British infantry divisions, 50th and 44th continued to fight their way methodically through the Axis Outposts and Main Defensive lines (MDLs). This was by no means a straightforward process, as on a number of occasions, local counterattacks regained positions that had been won at some cost.

44th and 50th Divisions Break into the MDL on D+2

44th and 50th Divisions Break into the MDL on D+2

The net result was to turn the whole front line into a meat grinder as 1st Greek Infantry Brigade and 1st Free French joined the battle on the northern and southern flanks of the attack .

There was a good deal of to-ing and fro-ing as casualties mounted on both sides. Players were fired up and passing theirmorale tests, which made for a large casualy pile at the end of the battle.

Behind the advancing front, the aggressively-handled divisional field artillery regiments had closed up to the forward edge of the enemy minefields in order to reach the enemy’s reserve line. The armoured brigades were beginning to nose forward through the cleared lanes, impatiently waiting for a gap to be made to allow them to break out.

The Sappers had some eight kilometers of minefields to clear. The game gave each squadron or company a 50% chance of clearing a minefield lane on the first night, then 66.66% on the next night, then 82%, then 100% on the final night. Inspection of the orbats shows that  each division had enough strength to clear 3 lanes in a reasonable time.

Air Battle over Ramke and Pavia

Air Battle over Ramke and Pavia – Bf 109 and 110 attack DAF Boston and Hurricane that are bombing Ramke

20 Corps was calling for reinforcements at an early stage in the battle, but Rommel was flying back from Rome, and von Stumme was dead from a heart attack as he leapt onto the running board of his staff car during an air attack on the morning of the 24th. Panzer Armee Afrika was effectively leaderless until Rommel returned on the 25th. Heavy attacks were occurring in the northern half of the battlefield, relegating the concerns of 20 Corps to that of “a little local difficulty”.

Folgore and Ramke were holding up well, with pressure falling onto Brescia and Pavia. Rommel’s policy of corsetting conscript troops with veterans was working well. Artillery and airstrikes were causing casualties on both sides, but the axis forces were beginning to run short of artillery ammunition.

The allies were allowed to put all their air assets into the air each day – about 10 wings, of which 7 were fighters, which was a little light on bombers. The Axis was allowed 1d6 per day, limited by only being able to use each model once.  I had severely underestimated the number of beautifully-painted Italian  aircraft that von Gow was able to pull out of his toy boxes, and it would have been rude not to let him use them. I expected more complaints from the Allies, but being gentlemen, they never murmured.

S 79 over 50th Infantry Division

S 79 over 50th Infantry Division

 

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ALAMEIN Operation Lightfoot D Day to D+1- 23 to 24 Oct 1942

Opening Barrage on D Day

Opening Barrage on D Day

The battle opened at 10:00 (Real-time™) with a heavy barrage across the entire front At 21:40 on 23 Oct 1942. Initial Axis nervousness at the size of the  Allied artillery park, (some 11 field regiments and a medium regiment – about 400 guns on the day), gave way to relief at the strength of their defences.

For the opening barrage, Axis defences counted as heavy, to allow for the barrages being traditional WWI advancing curtains of fire initially before targeting known enemy positions. Most of the shells probably fell on empty desert. I have found no Axis accounts that say “and we were cut to pieces by the opening barrage”

Trebian thoughtfully provided some cotton wool for the initial opening barrage. It was impressive!

50th and 44th infantry divisions stepped out over the moonlit desert, with navigation officers pacing the distance covered, and checking compass bearings as they went. They hugged their own barrages which acted both as cover, smoke and a guide. The infantry crossed the enemy minefields  without  pausing and began to engage isolated outposts in the enemy advanced line. Behind them, Royal Engineer parties began to clear gaps in the minefields for the armour to follow.

Each real hour was divided into a night move then a day move of roughly 30 minutes each, to reflect that most of the fighting occurred in the dark. New players quickly grasped the rules  and we began to creep ahead of the projected game schedule.

44th Division Attack Pavia D Day to D+1

44th Division Attack Pavia – D Day to D+1

The French took a relaxed approach to the start time and set off as dawn broke on D+1. No-one seemed worried. Below, we see Brigadier Koenig setting off in style after a strong coffee and Gaulois, with his Foreign Legion battalions and Pacific marine infantry.

Operation Lightfoot

The three lines of Axis defences really began to pay off as the outpost line fell back to the main defence line (MDL). Casualties began to mount on the attacking battalions.

Once in  the MDL, Axis positions were able to defend in equal numbers against the attackers, with odds of causing casualties 2:1 in the defender’s favour. Only superior numbers of troops, artillery and air support kept the advance going. This game had also strengthened the defender’s hand by banning diagonal attacks.

Further north, the British infantry divisions were advancing stoically and methodically behind heavy artillery barrages and air support. There was nothing subtle, but the timings were planned and the battalions were comfortable with the task laid out before them. Advance to find the enemy and defeat him. The first two day and night periods had seen the Allied advance tear into the Axis line, and 20 Corps were already calling for reinforcements. Top marks to von Gow for playing in character.

Alamein 50 Division Attack Engaging the MDL

50 Division Attack Engaging the MDL

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Bf-109

1st Free French Cross through the Minefield Gaps

1st Free French Cross through the Minefield Gaps to Engage von Luck’s Recce Abteilung

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ALAMEIN Operation Lightfoot D Day

Alamein 50th Division Attacks

Alamein 50th Division Attacks

D Day dawned crisp and cold, with troops arriving at Shedquarters well-muffled against the cold. The final command team looked like this:

Axis:

Tim “von” Gow as 20 Corps, 21 Pz and Ariete,  Richard Lindley as Brescia, Steve Churchus as Ramke, and Trabian as Folgore and Pavia.

Allied:

Phil Steele as XIII Corps, 7th Armoured Division and 1st Free French. Gary Roberts as 50th Infantry Division and the Greek Brigade, and Tim Merry as 44th Infantry Division.

Moves ran every 30 minutes, with one night and one day. Fighting took place mostly at night, with the day being reserved for airstrikes and the French, who elected to fight during daylight, for reasons never fully explained. Nobody minded as Phil had brought his own French, with an impressive scratchbuilt Tanaka and Conus gun. To be continued …

 

 

 

 

Alamein 1st Free french Brigade

Alamein 1st Free French Brigade

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8th Army Order of Battle at Alamein (CSO)

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This humungous post is still a work in progress for a battle on 27 Oct 2018. It now forms part of the Campaign Orders of Battle page for NQM. This post has been modified several times to form a reduced orbat to fit onto an  11 x 5 foot squared table at Trebian’s Shedquarters, or in my Den.

8th-army

8th Army

Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery Comd car (C3), FAC HQ (C3)

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Under direct Army Command

  • 12th Anti-Aircraft Brigade

    • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

    • 16th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
    • 27th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
    • 88th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Matador Limber + 3.7″  AA (s3)
    • 94th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Matador Limber + 3.7″  AA (s3)
    • 27th (London Electrical Engineers) Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery (two troops) Searchlight (C1)

  • 2nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade (for HQ and railway protection[1]) HQ with 8th Army HQ

    • 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors AA (s3)

    • 69th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (199th and 261st batteries) Matador Limber + 3.7″  AA (s3)

8th-army

Army Troops

  • 6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (One troop – not modelled)

    • Marmon-Herrington III
  • B Squadron, 6th Royal Tank Regiment

    • Crusader II Tank (could be Grant or Stuart M3) (S1)
  • 566th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  •  568th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)
  • 25th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 27th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 31st Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 1st? Tank Delivery Regiment Scammel Tank Transporter (L1)
  • 8th Army Signals “Monty’s Caravan” Signals Truck (C3)

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10th-corps

X Corps

Lieutenant-General Herbert Lumsden Comd staff car (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 571st Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 572nd Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 573rd Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 570th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • X Corps Signals Signals Truck (C3)

1st-armdiv

1st Armoured Division

Major-General Raymond Briggs Comd Grant Tank (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper Base (E1)

  • 9th Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers (from 8th Armd Div) Truck (L3)

  • 1st Armoured Division Signals Signals Dorchester (C3)

2nd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Fisher Crusader II (C3)

92 Sherman, 68 Crusader, one Grant = 161 tanks[2] (3 Shermans, 2 Crusaders)

7th Motor Brigade

Brigadier Thomas J. Bosville Dingo  Armd Car (C3)

  • 2nd Battablion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps Infantry  in Carrier + 6pdr Atk (F3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (detached less support company to Hammerforce)

  • 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade Infantry stand in Carrier + 6pdr Atk (F3)

Hammerforce (attached from 8th Armoured Division)
  • 4th/6th South African A/C Regt Marmon-Herrington III (R3)
    + 2 Recce Markers

  • 146th (Pembroke & Cardiganshire) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 73rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery Universal Carrier + 6pdr (S3)

  • 56th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

  • Z Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun) Infantry MMG stand (S3)

  • 7th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 9th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

10th-armdiv

10th Armoured Division

Major-General Alexander Gatehouse Comd Dingo (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 3rd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 6th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (attached from 8th Armoured Division) Sapper base (E1)

  • 141st Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 10th Armoured Division Signals Signals Dorchester (C3)

8th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Edward C.N. Custance  Crusader II (C3)

45 Crusaders, 57 Grants, 31 Sherman = 133 tanks (1 Crusader, 2 Grants , 1 Sherman)

24th Army Tk Bde
 24th Armoured Brigade (attached from 8th Armoured Division) 

Brigadier Arthur G. Kenchington Crusader II (C3)

2 Grants, 93 Shermans, 45 Crusaders = 140 tanks (1 Crusader, 3 Shermans)

133rd Infantry Brigade (attached from 44th Infantry Division)

Brigadier Alec W. Lee Dingo  Armd Car or Signals Truck (C3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment Infantry stand (F3)

  • 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment Infantry stand (F3)

  • 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment Infantry stand (F3)

  • W Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun) (attached from 8th Armoured Division) Infantry MMG stand (S3)

8th-armdiv

8th Armoured Division

Major-General Charles Gairdner Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3) (This divisional HQ does not need to be modelled)

(all brigades stripped away from the division prior to the Second Battle of El Alamein)

23rd Armoured Brigade

24th Armoured Brigade

133rd Infantry Brigade

Support Units

8th Support Group
  • 6th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (detached to 10th Armoured Division)

  • 9th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (detached to 1st Armoured Division)

  • 145th Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

  • 8th Armoured Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

13th-corps

XIII Corps

Lieutenant-General Brian Horrocks Comd staff car (C3)

  • 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (one troop) Marmon Herrington armoured car (R1)

  • 578th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 576th Corps Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • XIII Corps Signals Signals truck (C3)

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50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division

Major-General John Nichols Comd staff car (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (machine gun battalion) Infantry MMG stand (F3)

  • 233rd Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 505th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 235th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 50th Northumbrian Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

1st Greek Infantry Brigade

Colonel Pausanias Katsotas Comd in Jeep (C3)

  • 1st Infantry Battalion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2nd Infantry Battalion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 3rd Infantry Battalion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1st Greek Field Artillery Regiment Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 1st Greek Machine Gun Company Infantry MMG stand (S1)

  • 1st Greek Field Company, Greek Engineers Sapper base (E1)

151st Infantry Brigade (attached to 2nd New Zealand Division 29 October to 3 November)

Brigadier Joscelyn E.S. Percy  Comd in staff car (C3)

  • 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

69th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Edward C. Cooke-Collis Comd in staff car (C3)

2nd Free French Brigade Group (under command)
  • 5th Battalion de Marche Infantry stand (F3)

  • 11th Battalion de Marche Infantry stand (F3)

  • 21st and 23rd North African Anti-Tank Companies Fordson WOt2 25mm CLA portee (S2)

  • 2nd Company, Free French Pioneer base (E1)

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44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division

Major-General Ivor T.P.Hughes Comd staff car (C3), LOG/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 44th Reconnaissance Battalion (detached to 7th Armoured Division)

  • 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (machine gun battalion)

  • 53rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 57th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 58th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 65th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 57th Atk Regiment, Royal Artillery Universal Carrier + 6pdr (S3)

  • 30th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber (S3), 40mm Bofors AA (S3) (or portee)

  • 11th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 209th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 210th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 211th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers  Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 577th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers (attached)  Sapper base (E1)

  • 44th Home Counties Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

131st Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Donovan Stamer Comd staff car (C3)

  • 1/5th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Infantry (F3)

  • 1/6th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Infantry (F3)

  • 1/7th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey) Infantry (F3)

132nd (Kent) Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Lashmer Whistler Comd staff car (C3)

133rd (Lorried) Infantry Brigade

Detached to 10th Armoured Division

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7th Armoured Division

Major-General John Harding Comd staff car (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Household Cavalry Regiment Daimler armoured car (R3)
    + 2 Recce Markers

  • 11th Hussars [under command from 4th Armoured Brigade, in reserve] Morris CS9 armoured car (R3) + 2 Recce Markers

  • 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry [under command from 8th Armoured Div] Humber A/C or Bren Carrier (R3) + 2 Recce Markers

  • 44th Reconnaissance Regiment (under comd from 44th Inf Div)Universal Carrier or Dingo lt recce car (R3) + 2 Recce Markers

  • 4th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 21st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 143rd Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 7th Armoured Division Signals Dorchester Signals (C3)

4th Lt Armd Bde
4th Light Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Marcus G. Roddick M3 Stuart Tank (C3)

57 (2) Stuart, 14 (1) Grant = 71 tanks and 9 armoured cars

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22nd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier George “Pip” Roberts M3 Stuart Tank (C3)

57 (2) Grant, 50 (2) Crusader, 19 (1) Stuart = 126 tanks

1st Free French Brigade Group (under command)

Brigadier Marie Pierre Koenig Comd Jeep (C3)

  • 1st Battalion, Foreign Legion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Foreign Legion Infantry stand (F3)

  • 3rd Battalion, Pacific Marine Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (attached) Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 1st Free French Artillery Regiment Renault limber + 75mm gun (S3)

  • 2nd Anti-Aircraft Company, 1st Marine Fusiliers

  • 2nd Free French Anti-Tank Company

  • 22nd North African Anti-Tank Company Fordson WOt2 25mm CLA portee (S2)

  • 1st Field Company, Free French Engineers Sapper base (E1)

with (under command)

  • 1st Free French Flying Column Automitrailleuse Dodge ‘Tanake'(F2),

  • Armoured Car Squadron and Portee troop, 1st Marocco Spahis Portee 75mm M1897 or ‘Conus gun’ SPG (S3)

  • 1st Free French Tank Company Crusader III Tank (S1)

  • Anti-Aircraft troop, 1st Battalion, Foreign Legion ?25 mm CA mle 39 towed/portee (S3)

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XXX Corps

Lieutenant General Oliver Leese Comd in staff car (C3)

  • XXX Corps Defence Squadron Infantry MMG (S1)

  • C Squadron, 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment Marmon Herrington (R1)

  • 66th Mortar Company, Royal Engineers (two sections detached to 9th Australian Division. Fired only HE during the campaign but trained for chemical warfare) 4.2″ Mortar (S1)

  • 11th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper (E1)

  • 13th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper (E1)

  • 22nd Field Park Company, South African Engineers Low Loader + D7 bulldozer (L3)

  • XXX Corps Signals Signals truck (C3)

9th Australian Infantry Division

9th Australian Division

Major General Leslie Morshead Comd staff car (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 9th Division Cavalry Regiment Crusader III or M3 Stuart Tank (F3)

  • 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion Infantry MMG stand (F3)

  • 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion 3 (E1) Pioneers

  • 2/7th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 2/8th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 2/12th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Arty Univ. Carrier + 6pdr (S3)

  • 4th LAA Regiment, RAA Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors/portee AA (S3)

  • 2/3rd Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 2/13th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 2/4th Field Park Company, Royal Aust Engineers Low Loader or Truck (E3)

  • 9th Australian Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

24th Australian Brigade

Brigadier Arthur H.L. Godfrey  Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 2/28th Australian Inf Battalion, Western Australia (WA) Infantry (F3)

  • 2/32nd Australian Inf Battalion, Victoria (Vic.) Infantry (F3)

  • 2/43rd Australian Inf Battalion, South Australia (SA) Infantry (F3)

26th Australian Brigade

Brigadier David A. Whitehead  Commander with Mortar (C3)

20th Australian Brigade

Brigadier H. Wrigley  Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 2/13th Australian Inf Battalion, New South Wales (NSW) Inf (F3)

  • 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion, Queensland (Qld)  Inf (F3)

  • 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion, NSW Infantry stand (F3)

51st-infdiv

51st Highland Infantry Division

Major General Douglas Wimberley Comd staff car (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 126th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 127th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 128th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 61st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery Univ. Carrier + 6pdr (S3)

  • 40th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)

  • 274th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 275th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 276th Field Company, Royal Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 239th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 51st Highland Division Signals Signals Truck (C3)

152nd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier George Murray Commander with Mortar (C3)

153rd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Douglas Graham Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 5th Battalion, Black Watch Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders Infantry stand (F3)

  • 5th/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders Infantry stand (F3)

154th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Henry W. Houldsworth Commander with Mortar (C3)

  • 1st Battalion, Black Watch Infantry stand (F3)

  • 7th Battalion, Black Watch Infantry stand (F3)

  • 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders  Infantry stand (F3)

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2nd New Zealand Division

Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg Comd in Dingo (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 4th Field Regiment, RNZA Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 5th Field Regiment, RNZA Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 6th Field Regiment, RNZA Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 7th Anti-Tank Regiment, RNZA Universal Carrier + 6pdr (S3)

  • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery Morris Limber + 40mm Bofors AA (s3) 

  • 6th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 7th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 8th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 5th Field Park Company, Royal NZ Engineers Low Loader (L3)

  • 2nd New Zealand Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

5th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Howard Kippenberger Comd with Mortar (C3)

  • 21st Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 22nd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 23rd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 28th (Māori) Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

6th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Gentry Comd with Mortar (C3)

  • 24th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 25th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

  • 26th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry Infantry stand (F3)

9th Armd Bde
9th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier John Currie   Crusader III Tank (C3)

35 (1) Sherman, 37 (1) Grant, 46 (2) Crusader =118

1st-south-african-division

1st South African Infantry Division

Major-General Dan Pienaar  Comd Dingo (C3),  Signals van (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 8th Royal Tank Regiment (attached from 23rd Armoured Brigade, in reserve until 31 Oct)[nb 1]  Valentine II Tank (F3)

  • 3rd South African Armoured Car Reconnaissance Regiment Marmon Herrington A/C (R3) + 2 recce markers

  • Regiment President Steyn (machine gun battalion) Inf MMG (F3)

  • 2nd Regiment Botha (in reserve until 31 October) Infantry stand (F3)

  • 1st Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 2nd Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 3rd Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 5th Field Company, South African Engineers Sapper base (E1)

  • 19th Field Park Coy, SAE Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 1st South African Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

1st South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier E.P. Hartshorn  Comander with Mortar (C3)

2nd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Evered Poole  Comander with Mortar (C3)

3rd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier R.J. Palmer  Comander with Mortar (C3)

4th-indian-div

4th Indian Infantry Division

Major-General Francis Tuker  Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), Log/POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Field Regiment Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 11th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 32nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Quad FAT + 25pdr (S3)

  • 149th Atk Regt RA Ind Patt Carrier + 6pdr (S3)

  • 57th LAA Regt RA Morris FAT + 40mm Bofors (s3) (or portee)

  • 2nd Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners Sapper base (E1)

  • 4th Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners Sapper base (E1)

  • 12th Field Company, Madras Sappers and Miners  Sapper base (E1)

  • 11th Field Park Company, Madras Sappers and Miners Low Loader or Truck (L3)

  • 4th Indian Division Signals Signals truck (C3)

5th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Dudley Russell  Comander with Mortar (C3)

7th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Holworthy  Comander with Mortar (C3)

61st Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Francis E.C. Hughes Comander with Mortar (C3)

Corps Reserve

23rd Armd Bde

23rd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier George W. Richards

186 (6) Valentine tanks

  • 121st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (Used as close support for the Valentine Regts)  Bishop self-propelled 25pdr (S3)

  • 168th Bty, 56th LAA Regt RA Morris FAT + 40mm Bofors (s1)

  • 295th Army Fd Coy RE (three tps det to 50th RTR with 51 HD

Notes:

 *Started in 2015. D- Day 27 Oct 2018.

I haven’t shown the dozens of corps and army level RASC companies used for ferrying infantry battalions and supplies from railhead to front lines.

Use of 4.2″ mortar HE ammunition is mentioned mainly in 66 Smoke Squadron RE.

Note also links within the text referring to regimental histories, mainly to determine which equipment was in use at the time of the battle. Where no evidence could be found, I have gone with the most likely TO&E, simplified for NQM, so for example, an armoured brigade that would have had a mix of tanks in each regiment has been shown with one tank type in each.

There is considerable lattitude in representing command stands. Use whatever command vehicles you have. I’m not attempting to model this orbat in it’s entirety.

Sources

This monster post was originally cut and pasted from Wickipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_El_Alamein_order_of_battle [Accessed 3/8/2015]

Then modified for formatting and NQM orbat strengths, modified several times until everything fits onto the 11 x 5ft  table.

The following sources were referred to:

Alamein by C.E.Lucas Phillips (1965). Pan Books, London.

British Forces Battle of El Alamein 23 October 1942. Available from: http://www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/942BJOC.pdf [Accessed 3 Aug 2015]

War Diaries for 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Available at:  http://www.warlinks.com/armour/2nd_rgh/index.php [Accessed 3/8/2015]

British Formation Badges 1939-1945 by  Peter Ghiringhelli (2007).

Available from: http://www.petergh.f2s.com/flashes.html  [Accessed 31/10/2016]

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