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51st Highland Division on Parade

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51st Highland Division

Sometimes, the only way to check that everyone is in Barracks is to put them on Parade. 51st Highland Division looks as if it is ready for a fight … “see Youse Jimmy“*. 40th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment is further back down the line of communications in the photo above.

51st HD infantry Battalions

In Real Life®, my portfolio is in and marked – a pass! My Viva Voce and Ethical paper have both been taken and the final paper is tomorrow. Too soon to celebrate, but I need some playtime!

*A bored colleague of mine, who worked at the Ministry of Defence, used to pick up the phone on  a Friday and announce “War Office … want a fight?

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Aussies – WIP

9th Australian Infantry Division

[A] batch of some 50 or 60 Australian prisoners were marched off close behind us—immensely big and powerful men, who without question represented an elite formation of the British Empire, a fact that was also evident in battle.*
—Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel, Commander, German Afrika Korps, Battle of Tobruk, 1941.

I’ve made a start on  9th Australian Infantry division. I already had one brigade of more-or-less fully painted Piggies (so Veteran troops then), and have added another from the PSC late war British infantry. All that I have managed to do so far is base them up, undercoat them, and add some black for boots and rifles – so green troops for the time being**. Progress has been slow, as on the 1:1 scale front, the garage is turning into a Man Cave (The Den is much too nice now and I have to wear slippers in there).

9th Division contained all the original volunteers and was of very high quality. 10th Division had a proportion of jailbirds in it, with correspondingly lower performance (cannot remember where I read that).

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Major General Leslie Morshead

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

Petrol Company Group

M3 Stuart (Honey)

  • 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion (not modelled)

  • 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion

    • Truck (L3), Comd, 2 Pioneers (E3)
  • 2/7th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 2/8th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (As Above)

  • 2/12th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (As Above)

  • 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)

6pdr and Universal Carrier

  • 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

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

RHA

  • 2/3rd Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers (As Above)

  • 2/13th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers (As Above)

  • 2/4th Field Park Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Low loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 9th Australian Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
24th Australian Brigade

Brigadier Arthur H.L. Godfrey

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

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

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)

Australian Infantry Battalion

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

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion, South Australia (SA)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
26th Australian Brigade

Brigadier David A. Whitehead

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Vic.

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion, Vic.

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion, SA

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
20th Australian Brigade   (As Above)

Brigadier H. Wrigley

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

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

  • 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion, NSW

* Miller, Ward (1986). The 9th Australian Division Versus the Africa Corps: An Infantry Division Against Tanks—Tobruk, Libya, 1941. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: US Army Command and Staff College. OCLC 14129655 Accessed in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_Division_(Australia) [3 Nov 2016]

**The urge to add some captured Italian Bush Artillery and an M13 with Kangaroos on the side will prove irrisistable at some stage.

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4th Indian Infantry Division

The 4th Indian Infantry Division were old desert hands by the time of the battles at EL ALAMEIN. Here they are, having fought through solidly since GAZALA:

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4th Indian Infantry Division

Major-General Francis Tuker (known widely as “Gertie”)

Comd in India Patt Carrier or Jeep (C3)

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  • 1st Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 11th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 32nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 149th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • India Patt or Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 57th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 2nd Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 4th Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 12th Field Company, Madras Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 11th Field Park Company, Madras Sappers and Miners

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 4th Indian Division Signals

    • Morris or Bedford Signals truck (C3)
5th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Dudley Russell

Comd in India Patt Carrier or Jeep (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 1/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 4th (Outram’s) Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)

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  • 3rd (Queen Mary’s Own) Battalion, 10th Baluch Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
7th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Holworthy

Comd in India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

61st Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Francis E.C. Hughes

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

Brit Inf Highland Bn WW2

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By now, it will be obvious to even the most casual reader of this blog that I mix and match British desert infantry. A few turbans, Glengarries, Tam-o-Shanters and slouch hats mixed in with a lot of steel battle bowlers and berets make up the necessary numbers. I must get some of those splendid Kiwi scout hats to add to the mix.

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7th Armoured Division

Hands up if you are a WW2 wargamer, who has not, at some time, painted something from 7th Armoured Division, (The Desert Rats).*7armd-div Here is the NQM version. It comprises an eclectic mix of Command Decision, Flames of War, the defunct MM Models, Plastic Soldier Company, Peter Pig, QRF,  Roco and the odd scratchbuild.

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The full orbat can be seen on the 8th Army page.

Summary Orbat: 7th-armdiv-1st

Divisional troops:

1st Household Cavalry Regiment

11th Hussars

2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry

44th Reconnaissance Regiment

3rd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery

4th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

97th (Kent Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

65th (Suffolk & Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

4th, 21st, Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

143rd Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

7th Armoured Division Signals

4th Lt Armd Bde

4th Light Armoured Brigade

Royal Scots Greys, 4th/8th Hussars, 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps (Truck Mounted Motor Battalion)

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22nd Armoured Brigade

1st Royal Tank Regiment, 5th Royal Tank Regiment, 4th County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Motor Battalion)

Not shown is the under command:

1st Free French Brigade Group

 

*If you did put your hand up, take it down again if you have painted an Airfix Tiger Tank in desert camouflage  🙂

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8th Army Order of Battle at Alamein

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This humungous post is still a work in progress for a battle a year or so in the future. Eventually it will form part of a Campaign Orders of Battle page.

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8th Army

Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

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Under direct Army Command

  • 12th Anti-Aircraft Brigade

    • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

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

    • 16th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

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

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

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

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

      • Searchlight

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

    • 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

      • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3)

    • 69th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (199th and 261st batteries)

      • Matador Limber (s3), 3.7″  AA (s3)
  • 21st Indian Infantry Brigade Brigadier J.J. Purves (reforming; used for HQ protection, camouflage and guard duties[1]) HQ with 8th Army HQ

    • 1st Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles

      • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
    • 3rd Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment

      • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
    • 2nd Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles

      • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
    • 9th Indian Field Company, Indian Engineers

      • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)

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 (E3)
  •  568th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers
    • Sapper (E3)
  • 25th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 27th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 31st Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 1st? Tank Delivery Regiment
    • Scammel Tank Transporter (L1)
  • 8th Army Signals

    • “Monty’s Caravan” Signals Truck (s3)

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10th-corps

X Corps

Lieutenant-General Herbert Lumsden

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 571st Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 572nd Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 573rd Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 570th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • X Corps Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)

1st-armdiv

1st Armoured Division

Major-General Raymond Briggs

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 9th Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers (from 8th Armd Div)

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 1st Armoured Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
2nd Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Fisher

Crusader (C3), Dingo  Armd Car (C3), Signals Truck (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), Signals Truck (C3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps

    • Comd Carrier + MMG + 3″ Mortar (CS3), 2 Rifles in Carrier (F3*), Carrier  + 6pdr Atk (S2)
  • 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (detached less support company to Hammerforce)

  • 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade

    • Comd Carrier + MMG + 3″ Mortar (CS3), 2 Rifles in Carrier (F3*), Carrier  + 6pdr Atk (S2)
Hammerforce (attached from 8th Armoured Division)
  • 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment

    • 3 Marmon-Herrington III (@R1)
  • 146th (Pembroke & Cardiganshire) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 73rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 56th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • Z Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun)

  • 7th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 9th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)

10th-armdiv

10th Armoured Division

Major-General Alexander Gatehouse

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 3rd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 6th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers (attached from 8th Armoured Division)

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 141st Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 10th Armoured Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
8th Armoured Brigade

Brigadier Edward C.N. Custance

Crusader II (C3), Dingo  Armd Car (C3), Signals Truck (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)

Crusader II (C3), Dingo  Armd Car (C3), Signals Truck (C3)

Brigadier Arthur G. Kenchington

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

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

Brigadier Alec W. Lee

  • 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 4th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • W Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (machine gun) (attached from 8th Armoured Division)

8th-armdiv

8th Armoured Division

Major-General Charles Gairdner

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

(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), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 4th/6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (one troop)

    • Marmon Herrington armoured car(R1)
  • 578th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 576th Corps Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • XIII Corps Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)

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50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division

Major-General John Nichols

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment (machine gun battalion)

  • 233rd Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 505th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 235th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (E3)
  • 50th Northumbrian Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
1st Greek Infantry Brigade

Colonel Pausanias Katsotas

Comd in Jeep,

  • 1st Infantry Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2nd Infantry Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 3rd Infantry Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Greek Field Artillery Regiment

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 1st Greek Machine Gun Company

    • MMG (S1)
  • 1st Greek Field Company, Greek Engineers

    • Sapper (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), Signals van (C3)

  • 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
69th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Edward C. Cooke-Collis

  • 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 6th Battalion, Green Howards

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Green Howards

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
2nd Free French Brigade Group (under command)
  • 5th Battalion de Marche

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 11th Battalion de Marche

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 21st and 23rd North African Anti-Tank Companies

    • Fordson WOt2 25mm CLA portee (S2)
  • 2nd Company, Free French Engineers

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44th (Home Counties) Infantry Division

Major-General Ivor T.P.Hughes

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), 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

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 57th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 58th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 65th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 57th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (L3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 30th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 11th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 209th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 210th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 211th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 577th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers (attached)

    • Sapper (E3)
  • 44th Home Counties Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
131st Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Donovan Stamer

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

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

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1/6th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1/7th Battalion, Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
132nd (Kent) Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Lashmer Whistler

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (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), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 1st Household Cavalry Regiment

    • 3 Daimler armoured car (@R1)
  • 11th Hussars [under command from 4th Armoured Brigade, in reserve]

    • 3 Morris CS9 armoured car (@R1)
  • 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry [under command from 8th Armoured Div]

    • 2 Humber A/C (R1), Bren Carrier (R1)
  • 44th Reconnaissance Regiment (under comd from 44th Inf Div)

    • Universal Carrier (R3), Dingo lt recce car (R3)
  • 4th Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 21st Field Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 143rd Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 7th Armoured Division Signals

    • Dorchester Armoured Command Vehicle (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

  • Royal Scots Greys

    • M3 Stuart Tank (C3)
  • 4th/8th Hussars

    • M3 Grant Tank (C3)
  • 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

    • Comd Carrier + MMG + 3″ Mortar (CS3), 2 Rifles in 15cwt truck (F3), 15cwt truck  + 2pdr Atk (S2)
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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), signals van (L3)

  • 1st Battalion, Foreign Legion

    • Comd, Hotchkiss MMG, 81mm Mortar (CS3), 3 Rifles (s3)
  • 2nd Battalion, Foreign Legion

    • Comd, Hotchkiss MMG, 81mm Mortar (CS3), 3 Rifles (s3)
  • 3rd Battalion, Pacific Marine Infantry

    • Comd, Hotchkiss MMG, 81mm Mortar (CS3), 3 Rifles (s3)
  • 3rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (attached)

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 1st Free French Artillery Regiment

    • FOO (O1), Renault limber (S3), 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 (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 (S2)?

30th-corps

XXX Corps

Lieutenant General Oliver Leese

Comd in staff car (S3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • XXX Corps Defence Squadron

    • ??? 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

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 13th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 22nd Field Park Company, South African Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • XXX Corps Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)

9th Australian Infantry Division

9th Australian Division

Major General Leslie Morshead

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 9th Division Cavalry Regiment

    • Crusader III or M3 Stuart Tank (F3)
  • 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion

  • 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion

    • Truck (L3), Comd, 2 Pioneers (E3)
  • 2/7th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 2/8th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 2/12th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 2/3rd Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2/7th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2/13th Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2/4th Field Park Company, Royal Australian Engineers

    • Low loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 9th Australian Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
24th Australian Brigade

Brigadier Arthur H.L. Godfrey

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

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

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion, Victoria (Vic.)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/43rd Australian Infantry Battalion, South Australia (SA)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
26th Australian Brigade

Brigadier David A. Whitehead

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2/23rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Vic.

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/24th Australian Infantry Battalion, Vic.

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion, SA

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
20th Australian Brigade

Brigadier H. Wrigley

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

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

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/15th Australian Infantry Battalion, Queensland (Qld)

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 2/17th Australian Infantry Battalion, NSW

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)

51st-infdiv

51st Highland Infantry Division

Major General Douglas Wimberley

Comd staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 126th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 127th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 128th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 61st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 40th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 274th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 275th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 276th Field Company, Royal Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 239th Field Park Company, Royal Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 51st Highland Division Signals

    • Signals Truck (C3)
152nd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier George Murray

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
153rd Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Douglas Graham

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 5th Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 5th/7th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
154th Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Henry W. Houldsworth

  • 1st Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Black Watch

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)

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2nd New Zealand Division

Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg

Comd in staff car (C3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Ambulance (L3), Workshop Truck (L3)

  • 4th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 5th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 6th Field Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 7th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 14th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal New Zealand Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) 
  • 6th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 7th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 8th Field Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 5th Field Park Company, Royal New Zealand Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 2nd New Zealand Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
5th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Howard Kippenberger

Comd in staff Car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 21st Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 22nd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 23rd Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 28th (Māori) Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
6th New Zealand Infantry Brigade

Brigadier William Gentry

Comd in staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 24th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 25th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 26th Battalion, New Zealand Infantry

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
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), Ammo Truck (L3), 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 (C3)
  • 3rd South African Armoured Car Reconnaissance Regiment

    • 3 Marmon Herrington armd cars (@R1)
  • Regiment President Steyn (machine gun battalion)

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

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Field Regiment, Cape Field Artillery, South African Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 4th Field Regiment, South African Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 7th Field Regiment, South African Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 1st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, South African Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3)
  • 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, South African Artillery

    • Universal Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 1st Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 2nd Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 3rd Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 5th Field Company, South African Engineers

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 19th Field Park Company, South African Engineers

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 1st South African Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
1st South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier E.P. Hartshorn

Comd staff car (C3)

2nd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Evered Poole

Comd Staff Car (C3)

  • 1st Cape Town Highlanders

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st Natal Mounted Rifles

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 1st/2nd Field Force Battalion

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), Vickers MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
3rd South African Infantry Brigade

Brigadier R.J. Palmer

Comd staff car (C3), signals van (C3)

4th-indian-div

4th Indian Infantry Division

Major-General Francis Tuker

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 1st Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 11th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 32nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • FOO (O1), Quad limber (S3), 25pdr (S3)
  • 149th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • India Patt (or Universal) Carrier (S3), 6pdr (S3)
  • 57th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s3), 40mm Bofors AA (s3) (or portee)
  • 2nd Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 4th Field Company, Bengal Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 12th Field Company, Madras Sappers and Miners

    • Truck (L3) + optional trailer (L3), 3 Sappers (@E1)
  • 11th Field Park Company, Madras Sappers and Miners

    • Low Loader (L3), D7 bulldozer (L3)
  • 4th Indian Division Signals

    • Signals truck (C3)
5th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Dudley Russell

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

  • 1/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 4th (Outram’s) Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
  • 3rd (Queen Mary’s Own) Battalion, 10th Baluch Regiment

    • Comd (s3), 3 Rifles (s3), MMG (s3), 3″ Mortar (s3)
7th Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Arthur Holworthy

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (C3)

61st Indian Infantry Brigade

Brigadier Francis E.C. Hughes

Comd India Patt Carrier (C3), signals van (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)

    •   3 ton truck limber (L3), Bishop self-propelled 25pdrs (S3 or 3 x S1)
  • 168th Battery, 56th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery

    • Morris Limber (s1), 40mm Bofors AA (s1) (or portee)
  • 295th Army Field Company, Royal Engineers (three troops detached to 50th Royal Tank Regiment with 51st (Highland) Division)

Notes:

I do not show machine gun battalions, as I account for the guns in the infantry battalions.  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 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.

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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Key Dates for the North African Campaigns in the Western Desert

This is a work in Progress as I rough out the framework for a North African Campaign, text taken wholesale from  http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-north-african-campaign/timeline :

In broad terms, there were 3 Major British desert land offensives: Compass (December 1940), Crusader (November 1941) and Lightfoot/Supercharge (October/November 1942).

These were followed by Torch (November 1942) and Vulcan (April 1943 ) in Tunisia

1940

10 June: Italy declared war on Great Britain and France; Canada declared war on Italy.

11 June: Australia, New Zealand and South Africa declared war on Italy.

11-12 June: East Africa campaign began.

4 August: Italy invaded British Somaliland.

13 September: Italy invaded Egypt.

28 October: Italy invaded Greece.

9 December: Operation Compass, the first Western Desert offensive began.

16 December: British offensive opened in Italian East Africa; Egypt cleared of Italian forces.

1941

6 February: OKW issue order for Operation Sonnenblume.

22 January: Tobruk in Libya fell to British and Australian troops.

7 February: Benghazi captured by British.

12 February: German forces under General Erwin Rommel arrived in TRIPOLI.

17 February: Instructions issued to military commanders for a Greek expedition.

6-7 March: British troops entered Greece.

24 March: Rommel captured EL AGHEILIA in Libya with little resistance.

30 March: Enemy counter offensive began in the Western Desert. German armour and Italian infantry advanced.

3 April: British evacuated BENGHAZI.

6 April: Germany invaded Yugoslavia and Greece.

10 April: Australians forced to withdraw to TOBRUK.

12-13 April: Rommel encircled TOBRUK. Siege began.

14 April: German attack on TOBRUK repulsed.

22-29 April: Evacuation of troops from Greece to Crete and Egypt.

27 April: Germans entered Athens. Greece surrendered to Germany.

15 May: Operation Brevity. Limited counterattack by Wavell retook HALFAYA pass.

17 May: Italian forces in East Africa surrendered.

20 May: German airborne invasion of Crete began. MALEME airfield captured.

26 May: Operation Skorpion (Venezia) began.

28-31 May: British and Commonwealth troops evacuated from Crete.

2-11 June: The Cauldron Battle around BIR HAMAT/SIDI MUFTAH

15-18 June: Operation Battleaxe failed to relieve TOBRUK.

4-6 October: BENGHAZI and TRIPOLI raided by RAF.

18 November: Operation Crusader began in the Western Desert. New Zealand Division crossed the Libyan frontier into Cyrenaica.

21 November: Tank battle between British 8th Army and Axis forces began south and south-east of TOBRUK.

23 November: Totensonntag

26 November: New Zealand Division linked up with garrison at TOBRUK.

27-30 November: Axis forces returned to TOBRUK front.

2 December: Heavy RAF raids on Axis supply bases in TRIPOLI and BENGHAZI.

10 December: Siege of TOBRUK lifted.

11 December: Germany declared war on United States.

16 December: Rommel began retreat to EL AGHEILA.

24 December: 8th Army captured BENGHAZI.

1942

2 January: 8th Army captured BARDIA.

6 January: Rommel commenced offensive at EL AGEDABIA.

8 January: Rommel repulsed and withdrew during sandstorms.

21 January: Rommel commenced second offensive.

23 January: Axis troops took EL AGEDABIA.

29 January: Rommel’s forces retook BENGHAZI.

20 February: Western Desert frontline stabilised at GAZALA.

26 May: Rommel launched Operation Venezia to recapture TOBRUK.

5 June: The “Cauldron battle around SIDI MUFTAH.

12 June: The “Knightsbridge” crisis at BIR BEL(L)EFAA.

21 June: Rommel captured TOBRUK.

30 June: Rommel reached EL ALAMEIN.

1 July: First Battle of EL ALAMEIN.

7 August: General Bernard Montgomery took command of 8th Army.

2 September: Montgomery drove Rommel back by  in the Battle of ALAM HALFA.

21 September: Rommel handed over command of Italian-German Panzer Army to General Stumme and left for Germany.

23 October: Operation Lightfoot (Second Battle of El Alamein) began. New Zealand Division captured MITEIRYA RIDGE.

25 October: General Stumme died. Rommel returned to North Africa.

28 October: RAF disrupted German armour reforming for possible counter attack at EL ALAMEIN.

2 November: Operation Supercharge began. 8th Army broke through Axis forces at EL ALAMEIN. New Zealand Division opened a way for British armour.

8 November: Operation Torch began. American and British forces land in French Morocco and Algeria under Lieutenant General Eisenhower.

11 November: Axis forces driven out of Egypt.

13 November: TOBRUK fell to the 8th Army

20 November: BENGHAZI recaptured by British forces.

13 December: Rommel withdrew from EL AGHEILA.

Fieseler Storch Fi 156. (1937), [STOL Army Cooperation]. All Fronts. (Tankzone model from the Author’s collection)

1943

23 January: 8th Army under General Montgomery entered TRIPOLIi.

29 January: 8th Army advance parties entered Tunisia.

27 February: 8th Army took up position opposite the MARETH LINE, Tunisia.

6 March: Rommel attacked 8th Army in Tunisia and was repulsed.

9 March: Rommel left North Africa and returned to Germany on sick leave.

20-28 March: 8th Army broke through the MARETH LINE.

5 April: Operation Flax. Allied air operation cut Axis air supply lines to North Africa

6 April: Axis forces in Tunisia withdrew as British and American forces link up.

22 April: Operation Vulcan. First Army offensive began against TUNIS.

7 May: Operation Strike. Operation Retribution was an air and sea blockade of Axis Naval forces to cut off North Africa.

7 May: Allies captured TUNIS.

12-13 May: German and Italian troops surrendered in North Africa.

Sources:

  1. ‘The North African Campaign timeline’,  http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-north-african-campaign/timeline, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage). I simply cut and pasted the text, deleted specific references to the Kiwi divisions and tidied up the tenses used to the past tense. Otherwise this can be considered an edited quote from this website. I have added further dates for German Offensives. The NZ site may have drawn it’s (uncredited) text from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_African_Campaign_timeline, as Wiki cites reference sources and the NZ Ministry for culture doesn’t. The two texts are too similar to be coincidental.
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Compass
  3. Ellis, J. (1993) The World War II Databook. London: BCA
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Flax
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Retribution
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Skorpion
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Sonnenblume (Don’t miss the Hindi verion on youtube :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB7YYIQvzbQ – Sadly, there is no singing!)

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