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Storm from the Northwest – Days 6 to 9

Six months of real time have elapsed since day five of this battle and its resumption on day six. To recreate a long narrow thrust along a railway line in hilly, forested country, the operation is now being prosecuted along the length of my pasting table, again with the lateral scale massively compressed. YesthatPhil took most of the photos for this battle as his camera skills exceed mine by a considerable margin.

The Key Rail JunctionLink to the map

Day six of the offensive began with 4th Tank Corps continuing the attack west along the line of the railway to VELIKIE LUKIE. The  Soviet infantry in the line regrouped and paused as 1st Guards Rifle Division passed through the forward positions and assembled for an assault. Heavy artillery support began to pound VYSHNY VOLOCHYOK.

vyshny volochyok 1942http://city.samondeo.com/vyshny-volochyok-russia.php

From the contemporary aerial photographs, note the relatively open nature of the suburbs and railway sidings even today, apart from the town centre.

Vyshny region today

Army Level Artillery Close Up to the Front Line

4th Tank Corps continued to press west, with 16th Motor Rifle Corps following on, poised to support either 1GR or 4Tk.

4TK Corps Advance

The regrouped Silesians of 8th Infantry Division in VYSHNY VOLOCHYOK braced themselves for a renewed infantry assault as 1st Guards Rifle Division shook out into attack formation, supported by Katyushas, Sturmoviks and KV-1s. Apparently the latter were more plentiful in the north.

1GDs Assault

Historically, 8th Inf were a good unit with a distinguished reputation. They suffered heavy casualties in the initial campaign and were returned to France to convert to a Jäger division; their model counterparts fared no less well. Despite spirited counterattacks that caused delays of a day, they were pushed out of the city with heavy losses by 1GR, reinforced by 16MR when the first assault showed signs of losing momentum.

KV1 of 16 MR Breaks in

Ideally, you would really like something heavier than 3.7cm anti-tank against KV-1s. Yes, those are Soviets behind the dug-in anti-tank position. No, those are not party balloons, they are pin markers*.

Meanwhile, 4Tk were stopping for nothing and no-one. They met the advanced positions of a defended belt and attacked it straight from the line of march … with not unexpected results. Plenty more light armour was available if it was needed. 4Tk‘s T-70s discovered the defending minefields in the traditional way. This is why the Desantny prefer to ride on the T-34s if anyone gives them a choice.

4TK Assault From Line of March

Some distance into difficult country astride the railway, 269 Infantry Division‘s main defensive line provided the defence in depth for the front.

269INF Reserve Defence

Katyushas and infantry deployed as the armour fought on down the railway. More Sturmoviks appeared overhead; “… wo ist die Luftwaffe?” The heavy and medium dice below are all falling on the German infantry!

4Tk Corps Hit Back

When all seemed lost, 8th Panzer Division appeared in a counter attack. The bulk of the division was strung across the frozen countryside, but enough appeared to persuade the Soviets that there would be no more progress on this axis of advance before further reinforcements arrived.

8PZ Div Counterattack

*Thanks to Jaap Boender for pointing out on Facebook that the pins look like party balloons.

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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.

8th Army

Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery

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

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)

Army Troops

  • 6th South African Armoured Car Regiment (One troop)

    • 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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)

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

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

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 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)
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)?

XXX Corps

Lieutenant General Oliver Leese

Comd in staff car (S3)

  • 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 Division

Major General Leslie Morshead

Comd staff car (C3)

  • 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 Highland Infantry Division

Major General Douglas Wimberley

Comd staff car (C3)

  • 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)

2nd New Zealand Division

Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg

Comd in staff car (C3)

  • 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 Armoured Brigade

Brigadier John Currie

Crusader III Tank (C3)

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

1st South African Infantry Division

Major-General Dan Pienaar

Comd Dingo (C3),  signals van (C3)

  • 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 arrmd 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 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 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 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.

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:

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]

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

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On the Workbench – Austin K6 Crash Tender

RAF Fire Tender WIP

Some time ago, I bought an Austin K6 crash tender from MMModels.co.uk ; remember the Airfix one? Also on the bench are some early war Germans, who are going to end up as ground crew and security detachments.

I have a couple of weeks of unplanned sick leave – nothing serious; a junior rafting colleague mixed up his ambition and his ability, so I am nursing a broken metacarpal from fending off one of his rafters who boarded my raft without warning at the end of the session. It’s a bit like ‘Chindit‘ Wingate slipping on the soap getting out of his bath.

It turns out that two of the things that I can’t do is drive to work or safely hold a scalpel. On the plus side, I can type and eat left-handed with chopsticks. The time freed up should be put to good use on the blog.

The cataloguing of my NQM boxes is coming along nicely too – even if  only at five finger speed.

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Panzer Marsch!

15th and 21st Panzer DivisionsIt is some time since 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions shook out into march formation on the desert sands. Here is progress to date as they form up ready to attack:

15th Panzer Division - 1

New additions to 15th Panzer Division include a new SdKfz 10/4 at bottom right protecting the divisional headquarters and an SdKfz 11 towing the 7.62cm PaK 38 (r) at top left. My SdKfz 250/10 is now in the gepanzert grenadier battalion at middle left.

21st Panzer Division - 1

Similarly,  21st Panzer Division sports a new SdKfz 10/4 at bottom right  and an SdKfz 11 towing the 7.62cm PaK 38 (r) at top left. The gepanzert grenadier battalion at middle left has a new SdKfz 250/11, with a 250/3 for the regimental commander.

15th Panzer Division - 2

3 Chenillettes are still standing in for limbers and an ambulance.

21st Panzer Division - 2

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Big Numbers on the Ostfront

German Panzer Battalion from the author's collection. Each model represents approximately 30 tanks

German Panzer Battalion from the author’s collection. Each model represents about 30 tanks

One of the pleasures of operational gaming is ruminating on the relative numbers overall of various equipment. Authors are fond of telling histories in terms of events, with the odd number thrown in here and there for key equipment, but they rarely give information in a consistent form.

Wargamers love using the best kit, so sometimes you are left wondering if the Premier Division team that they have picked for the club night is really a good representation of what went on. I enjoy the battles in the corners: The ones that happen when a Panzerarmee is nowhere to be seen, but a divisional staff officer is left scraping cooks and drivers together to prevent a breakthrough that may be on its last legs.

2nd Tank Corps Break Into the Northern Advanced Line

Consequently, I am often left wondering if I have the proportions of tanks to antitank guns, or of aircraft to anti-aircraft correct. John Ellis is usually reliable in this respect, so his orbats and ToEs (Tables of Equipment), scaled by the odd figure that is thrown in by a unit history and rounded for NQM, work well.

Here is a previous guesstimate of equipment at GAZALA. When I applied the same reasoning to the eastern front for the 1943 Soviet summer offensive, Ziemke (1968) gives us on page 144:

German troop strength = 3,064,000 + 150-200,000 allies

German Tanks = 2,088

German Anti-tank guns = 8,063

Soviet troop strength = 5,755,000

Soviet Tanks = 7,855

Soviet Anti-tank guns = 21,050

These admitted German estimates give the Germans a 1:4 Tank Anti-tank ratio (actually 3.86) , and the Soviets nearly a nearly 1:3 ratio (actually 2.68).

Comparatively this gives a Soviet vs Axis superiority of:

Troops = 2:1 (actually 1.79:1)

Tanks = 4:1 (actually 3.76:1)

Anti-tank = 3:1 (actually 2.61:1)

This compares well with Zaloga and Grandsen’s (1984) table on page 223 of Stalingrad to Berlin of 9,200 Soviet AFVs vs 2,374 German AFVs in March 1943 on the Ostfront, a ratio of 3.88 :1. The same source tells us on page 222 that the German proportions of tanks to self-propelled guns to troop carriers was in roughly even proportions (1:1:1). By contrast, the Soviet production was 2 tanks to every assault gun and no significant production of armoured troop carriers.

Even allowing for all the usual provisos of serviceability, tactics and quality, this tells me that I should be allowing the Soviets 3+ tanks for every German AFV.

A separate, and interesting question, is “do all the anti tank weapon totals include anti tank rifles?” I suspect not, as the German ratio is higher, and the Soviets hung onto their anti-tank rifles for longer. A quick NQM ToE check gives the following numbers:

German panzer division5 Tanks, 2 Anti-tank guns (numbers fluctuated)

German infantry division = 0 Tanks, 3 Anti-tank guns

Soviet tank corps6 Tanks, 2 Anti-tank guns (for 1943, the numbers fluctuated)

Soviet infantry division0 Tanks,  3 Anti-tank guns (allowing the 76mm divisional gun an antitank role and counting the 3 regimental 47mm guns as one Sp3 gun.

If we estimate the tank to infantry division ratio on the Ostfront as:

German = 67 Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions versus 331 infantry divisions, (Just under 1:5). (I have taken the German army as a whole but ignored allies giving 335 NQM tanks to 1127 anti-tank guns, or 1 to 3.4.

Soviet = 60 tank and mechanised corps vs 413 rifle divisions (just under 1:7 giving 1 NQM tank to 3.8 anti-tank) from Ellis (1993)38, then these ratios seem reasonable without having to count anti-tank rifles. I do however, need to make sure that the Soviet armour is fielded at full strength or tone down the anti-tank to keep the ratio about right at 3:1. Likewise, the German tank strength needs a lid keeping on it to prevent it creeping too high.

Here is a picture of a Ratte to console the German players :

ratte

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Racing the Rasputitsa

In the dying days of Summer 1942. German armoured forces fanned southeast to STALINGRAD towards the banks of the river VOLGA. Spearheading the 2 Panzer Armee advance against minimal opposition were 10 Panzer and  2nd SS Panzer divisions from 46 Mot Korps less Gross Deutchland, which had been engaged at TAMBOV junction.

48 MotKorps, comprising 17 and 18 Panzer divisions with 29 Motorised and 167 Infantry divisions, were echeloned northwards behind them. These formations were all well understrength and although coming to the end of their logistical chains, were benefitting from the opening of TAMBOV junction to rail traffic.

Opposing them was South Front comprising 2 Armies :

57 Army comprising 99, 150, 317 and 351 Rifle and 14 Guard Rifle division

9 Army comprising 51, 106, 333, 335, 341 and  349 Rifle  divisions

and South Front troops comprising 3 Guards Cavalry division and 24 Tank division. Unusually fo rthis stage of the campaign, the operation had the characteristic of a meeting engagement.

Blau1

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More on Infantry Orbats

Since bringing the infantry orbats in line with armour and artillery, I have received a few questions about how they should appear, and the difference between bases and stands. Bases are the individual components of a stand. There are usually 3 bases to a stand, but there can be more, or fewer.

Inf1inf2For an all- infantry battalion it is fairly straightforward. Here is 4th Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles , comprising a command and support stand (CS3), and a fighting stand (F3). They are tooled up for a fight , with 6 combat units (CUs) represented by the little airgun pellets on the spanking brand-new tinplate movement tray next to them, and the two stands can put out 2CUs per turn between them, for 3 turns, by which time they will have run out of ammunition.

Brit Mot Rfl Bn Truck

Next, comes a motor battalion, 1st Battalion the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. They can be organised as previously shown, with a vehicle base and 2 infantry bases making one stand, and three stands in the battalion, or you could dispense with the infantry, and just have 3 vehicles with infantry glued into them to show that it is not just a logistic vehicle. Either way, it does not matter how you model the stands as long as both you and your opponent know what is happening.

inf3

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15th Panzer Division

Usually, I don’t add national insignia or serials to models, but for the Western Desert campaign I have been doing so as the toys look a bit plain without, and because the numbers of AFVs are so low. Of course, because of the operational scale, platoon markings are a bit superfluous. Happily, 15th Panzer Division only put company numbers on its tanks, so mine are numbered 1-5; a bit of a no-brainer really:

15pzDivHQ

The Divisional HQ is using an SdKfz 251/10 platoon command vehicle, which is standing in as an SdKfz/3 radio vehicle. GeneralMajor Neuman-Silkow is in a car for comfort, but could be in a ‘251 or ‘250. If he is lucky enough to get a bit of armour later, he will probably pass his car on to someone else!

15PzDivPak

The Divisional Anti-tank Battalion has a Marder III SdKfz 138 and Recce elements represented by an SdKfz 222, which will doubtless soon be off to another division, or corps recce.

15PzDivEngr2

The Divisional Engineer Battalion has teamed up with an ersatz ROCO 1/87  model representing the the Divisional FLAK Kompanie for this shot. It will be back off to grassier climes soon!

15PzDiv8Pz

8th Panzer Regiment is equipped with Pz III Hs.

15PzDivRHQ

115th Infantry Regimental HQ  is followed by the armoured battalion and motorised battalion. They would really like a heavier car than a Kubelwagen to tow that 37mm.

15PzDivGep

Once painted, these PSC plastic late-war Germans should be a good match for my older Peter Pig Afrika Korps infantry.

15PzDivMot

The Flames of War resin Opel Blitz 3-tonners look a bit stubby next to the Zvezda models, but they still paint up nicely and have a certain raffish charm.

15PzDiv33Arty

33rd Artillery Regiment is still borrowing limbers and command cars (a stand-in Kettenrad that is destined eventually for the  Ramke parachute brigade) until it can find an SdKfz 11 and perhaps a Saurer SdKfz 254.

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More Festive Oddness – Things I like about Other Nations

Suzanne opened the Blog yesterday, came across “Manly Men in Desert Shorts” and professed herself quite taken by it. Continuing in the Festive off-topic Spirit, I give you things I like about … (feel free to add your own nations as an andidote to all these “ten Best” polls that are going around). It shows how far things have come since WWII.

Americans

dollywood

Dolly probably owns the copyright to this one!

Unembarrassable (see above), Generous to a fault (prepared to offer us an Aircraft carrier in ’82) and good at Moon missions. Currently world’s Top Nation :

“Don’t run Sir, it worries the men!”

Belgians

They spend more time thinking about Beer chocolate and cakes than their Army or Navy. Any nation that could produce Tin Tin is fine by me.

cake

http://cakesbysunny.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/soldiers-cake.html#links

Chinese

I love their robust approach to health and safety, and also the idea that their treasure fleets in the 13th to 15th centuries did not set out to conquor, but to explore and trade. They used to be the world’s Top Nation and may be again:

Chinese_Holding_Ladder

We used to tit about on ladders when we were the world’s Top Nation. Now we devise safety posters to prevent it happening!

sgr-ladders-print

Finns

They are mostly mad, paid off their war reparations in full, produced Tove Jannsen and Poets of the Fall. You can wear a bowler hat and feather boa if you are hard enough, no-one will laugh at you. World’s most phlegmatic nation.

Germans

German stuff does what it says on the tin, but they rarely put their beer in tins, preferring it fresh, local and on tap – Prost!. I love Oktoberfeste,  family Gastttaette that are still there 30 years after you last visited them, and knowing that if a restaurant looks good, the food will still be good. We will pass swiftly over the German’s attempt to be the world’s Top Nation: Epic Fail!

Italians

Gotta love pasta, those uniforms, family meals and their sculpture (Suzanne reminds me; cheeky girl!) What did the Romans ever do for us when they were the world’s Top Nation?

david

Japanese

Polite and cultured, the Japanese still managed to produce cringeworthy excesses of bad taste and hilariously funny Youtube moments:

Portugese

Tyey discovered the New World again after the Vikings and the Chinese lost it. Invented Madeira (wine), Port and caramel cakes!

Russians

Russians know a thing or two about trucks, river crossings, spaceships and Vodka. They are almost, but not quite as mad as the Finns, and they still think that they are the world’s top Nation.

“…not so impressive, is driven by my daughter! or:

titting about in trucks”

Aussies, Austrians, Brits, Bulgarians, Czechs, French, Hungarians, Kiwis and Poles are all up for grabs. You are not allowed to do your own nation, and the Americans and French are not allowed to do each other :)

Happy New Year!

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Gazala – Axis Forces

German and Italian forces

balconySupreme Commander North Africa: General Ettore Bastico
Model of a a comfortable hotel somewhere in TRIPOLI with a grand balcony for reviewing parades*.

Italian Mobile Army (XX) Corps

Lieutenant-General Gastone Gambara  Comd car (C3), Signals Truck (C3), 20mm Flak Truck (S3), Ambulance Truck (L3), 

Signature Corps Troops
(from amalgamating troops that appear in divisions in small numbers)
Mixed AA Battalion – Cannone da 90/53 (S3) + limber (L3), 20/65 modello 35(S3) + limber (L3) (both may be self-propelled)
Artillery Battalion – Comd (C3),  FOO (R1), 100mm Howitzer (S3) + limber (L3)
Anti-tank BattalionSemovente 75/18 (S3), Semovente 47/32 (S3) [these may each have an SP L6 or M40 limber (L3)]
Armoured Bersaglieri Recce BattalionAutoblinda AB 41 (R3)
Ariete
  • 132 Armoured Division Ariete (General Mario Balotta) Comd car (C3), Signal van (C3), 20mm Flak Truck (S3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Engineer Truck (L3), 2 Engineer (F3), Autoblinda 41 (R3)
  • 132nd Armoured Regiment –  Comd car (C3)
    • VII Tank Battalion – M13/41 (F3)
    • VIII Tank Battalion – M13/41 (F3)
    • IX Tank Battalion – M11/39 (F3)
    • 32nd Light Armoured Regiment – L6/39 (F3)
    • 8th Bersaglieri Regiment (Motorised) – Comd car + Mortar + 47mm Atk (CS3)
    • III Motorcycle Battalion (Later II Motorised) Comd m/c or Car + (C3), 2 m/c + MG m/c (FS3)
    • V and XII Motorised Battalions 4 Trucks** (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
    • 132nd Artillery Regiment – Comd Car (C3), FOO (R1), 75/25 Gun (S3) + Limber (L3)
  • littorio
  • 133 Armoured Division Littorio, Major General Gervasio Bitossi– Comd car (C3), Signal van (C3), 20mm Flak Truck (S3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Engineer Truck (L3), 2 Engineer (F3), Autoblinda 41 (R3)
    • 133rd Tank Regiment – Comd Car (C3), M13/41 (F3), M11/39 (F3)
    • 12th Bersaglieri Infantry Regiment4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
    • 3rd Artillery Regiment – Comd Car (C3), FOO (R1), 75/25 Gun (S3) + Limber (L3)
    • 133rd Artillery Regiment (part)(see corps troops)
    • 3rd Tank Group Lancieri di NovaraL6/39 (F3)
  • trieste

  • 65th Infantry Regiment  4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 66th Infantry Regiment  4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 9th Bersaglieri Regiment 4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 21st Artillery Regiment  Comd car (C3), FOO (R1), Truck Limber (L3), 105mm Gun (S3), Light Truck Limber (L3), 47mm PaK [may be Semovente L/40 da 47/32] (s3), Limber (L3)
  • RECAM (Reconnaissance Unit of the Mobile Army Corps)  Saharina (R3)

Panzer Gruppe Afrika

HQ Panzergruppe Afrika
General der Panzertruppe Erwin Rommel
Comd car or SdKfz 250 [Greif] (C3), Signals Truck [or captured Dorchester] (C3), 20mm Flak Truck (S3) Ambulance Truck (L3), Armd Car (L3)

Deutches Afrika Korps DAKpalm

Generalleutnant Ludwig Crüwell
Comd car (C3), Signals Truck [or captured Dorchester] (C3), 20mm Flak Truck (S3) Ambulance Truck (L3), Armd Car (R3)
HQ DAK
  • DAK Artillery –  Comd car or SdKfz (C3), FOO (R1), Sdkfz 7 Limber (L3), 210mm Gun (S2)

DAK Artillery. 21cm Gun

  • DAK 605 Panzerjaeger Abteilung(Battalion)* [To 90 Lt Div] – Panzerjaeger 1b 4.7cm (S3)[1941 onwards] or Diane Sdkfz6 [1942], limber (L3), Pak 36(r) (S2), Limber (L2)

DAK 605 Panzerjaeger Abteilung

DAK 606 Flak Abteilung

  • 33rd/II Luftwaffe Flak Abteilung –  Flak 8.8cm (s2), SdKfz 7 limber (L2), 20mm Flak 38 L/113 (S2), SdKfz 10 limber (L2)

DAK Artillery. 33rd/II and 606 Flak Abteilung

  • Grosstransportraum – Famo SdKfz 9 limber (L3), Sonder Anhänger 116 (L3),  a variable number of trucks, Axis and captured

DAK Grosstransportraum

15.PD2

8.PR

  • 8th Panzer Regiment Comd PzII (CF3), 4 PzIII*** (F3)

cropped-15pzdiv8pz.jpg

  • 115th Infantry Regiment Comd Sdkfz 250, 251 or 263 (CF3), 2 Comd car (1 may be an Sdkfz 250 or 251) (CF3), 37mm Pak (S3) + Limber (L3), 2 Sdkfz 251 (F3), 2 Truck (F3).

21PzGren2

  • 33rd Artillery Regiment {Comd Saurer Sdkfz 254 or Sdkfz 253 (C3)}, FOO (R1), {Sdkfz 11 (or 6) Limber (L3) + 10.5cm Gun (S3)}, {PaK 38 (r) 7.62cm or PaK 38 5cm (S3) + Sdkfz 11 (or 10) Limber (L3)}.

15 Pz Div 33 Art Regt

21.PD1

  • 21st Panzer Division (Generalmajor Johann von Ravenstein until 29 November (prisoner of war), then Generalmajor Karl BöttcherComd car (C3), Signals Sdkfz 222 [or captured Dorchester or SdKfz 263] (C3), 20mm Flak Truck (S3), Engineer truck (L3), 2 Engineer stands (F2), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3),  Ambulance Sdkfz 251 (L3).

21PzHQ

  • 5th Panzer Regiment Comd PzII [or PzIII] (F3), 3 PzIII*** (F3), 1 PzIV (F3)

21PzTkRegt

  • 104th Infantry Regiment  Comd Sdkfz 250, 251 or 263 (CF3), 2 Comd car (1 may be an Sdkfz 250 or 251) (CF3), 37mm Pak (S3) + Limber (L3), 2 Sdkfz 251 (F3), 2 Truck (F3).
  • 155th Artillery Regiment Comd  Sdkfz 253 (C3), FOO (R1), {Sdkfz 11 (or 6) Limber (L3) + Lorraine Schlepper  15cm (S3)}, {PaK 38 (r) 7.62cm or PaK 38 5cm (S3) + Sdkfz 11 (or 10) Limber (L3)}.

21PzArty

90ltAfrika

(Renamed 90th Light Africa Division from 28 November 1941) (Generalmajor Max Sümmermann until 10 December (killed in action), then Generalmajor Richard Veith)

Comd car (C3), Signals Truck (C3), 20mm Flak Truck (S3), Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Engineer Truck (L3), 2 Engineer (F2)

  • 155th Infantry Regiment 3 Comd car (C3), 37mm Pak (S3), 2 81mm Mortar (s3), 2 Truck (F3), 2 Truck (S3)
  • 361st Infantry Regiment  Comd Sdkfz 250, 251 or 263 (CF3), 2 Comd car (1 may be an Sdkfz 250 or 251) (CF3), 37mm Pak (S3) + Limber (L3), 2 Sdkfz 251 (F3), 2 Truck (F3).
  • *Panzerjaeger Abteilung 605 {Panzerjäger Ib 4.7cm[1941 onwards] or Diane Sdkfz6 [1942](S3)}, limber (L3), Pak 36(r) (S2), Limber (L2)

Dak Artillery. Panzerjaeger Abteilung 605, 1942 onwards

  • Schwere Schützen-Regiment 155 /200   SiG 33 (S1) + Limber (L1) or just make the SiG 33 (S2)

90th Light Division, Schwere Shutzen-Regiment 155/200

*** For variety, instead of 4 PzIIIs, 1 PzII, 2 PzIIIs and 1 Pz 4 could be modelled, counting them all as medium tanks.

savona

  • 55th North African Infantry Division ‘Savona’ (General Fedele de Giorgis) Comd car (C3), Signal van (C3),  Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Engineer Truck (L3), 2 Engineer (F3), Autoblinda 41 (R3)
  • 15th Infantry Regiment 4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 16th Infantry Regiment 4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 12th Artillery Regiment Comd car (C3), FOO (R1), Truck Limber (L3), 105mm Gun (S3), Light Truck Limber (L3), 47mm Pak (S3)

Italian XXI Corps

Lieutenant-General Enea Navarrini   Comd car (C3), Signal van (C3), Ambulance (L3), Armoured Car (R3)
Signature Corps Troops
(from amalgamating troops that appear in divisions in small numbers)
Mixed AA Battalion – Cannone da 90/53 (S3) + limber (L3), 20/65 modello 35(S3) + limber (L3) 
Artillery BattalionComd (C3),  1 FOO (R1), 100mm Howitzer (S3) + limber (L3)
Anti-tank BatalionSemovente 75/18 (S3), Semovente 47/32 (S3), 2 Limbers (L3) (both may be towed guns with limber)
semovente
This 20mm CV33 is standing in as an L6 or M40 limber for the 15mm Semovente until a better one comes along.
  • 27th Infantry Regiment  2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 28th Infantry Regiment  2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 26th Artillery Regiment  Comd Car (C3), FOO (R1), 75/25 Gun (S3) + Limber (L3)

bologna

  • 39th Infantry Regiment  2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]

  • 40th Infantry Regiment  2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 205th Artillery Regiment Comd Car (C3), FOO (R1), 75/25 Gun (S3) + Limber (L3)

brescia

  • 19th Infantry Regiment  2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 20th Infantry Regiment  2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 55th Artillery Regiment  Comd Car (C3), FOO (R1), 75/25 Gun (S3) + Limber (L3)

trento

  • 102 Motorised Division Trento  Comd car (C3), Signal van (C3),  2cm AA truck, Ammo Truck (L3), POL Truck (L3), Engineer Truck (L3), 2 Engineer (F3), Autoblinda 41 (R3)
  • 61st Infantry Regiment  4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 62nd Infantry Regiment  4 Truck (L3), 2 [ Bn Comd + MG + 45mm Mortar (CS3)], 2 [ 3Rifles (F3)]
  • 46th Artillery Regiment  Comd car (C3), FOO (R1), Truck Limber (L3), 105mm Gun (S3), Light Truck Limber (L3), 47mm PaK [may be Semovente L/40 da 47/32] (S3)

* This picture is of course nothing of the sort, having a Russian, an American and several hairy Serbs or Croats crowded onto the balcony.

**Trucks: 4 small trucks each carrying 2 stands, or 2 large trucks each carrying 4 stands. APCs carry the same as a small truck – 2 stands and have an integral MG stand that can dismount in defence if the APC is not destroyed. The non-motorised battalions would draw transport from a limited army pool.

 

References

1.http://www.enotes.com/topic/Operation_Crusader_order_of_battle

 2. Greene, J. and Massignani, A. (1999). Rommel’s North Africa Campaign: September 1940-November 1942. Da Capo Press

3. This truck showcased on the Duchy of Alzheim Blog belonged to General Bergonzoli of the Centauro division and was not present at GAZALA. Even so, it would make an excellent signals truck for one of the armoured divisions.

4. by Hunter, B. (2006) Axis History forum. http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=104408

5. Thanks to Andreas from The Crusader Project (ibid) for amendments to the orbat for 33rd Artillerie Regiment

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