Sunday, October 09, 2005

Estimated Axis strength on March 24, 1941

British intelligence had a better assessment of Axis strength in Libya by March 24, 1941:
  • A German "colonial armoured division" (the 5th Light Division)
  • The Italian Ariete Armoured Division with only half of its tanks
  • The complete Italian Trento Motorized Division
  • Italian infantry divisions: Pavia, Bologna, Brescia, and Savona
A second German colonial armoured division was expected by May 14th along with another Italian armoured or motorized division. This is based on the account in Vol.II of the Official History.

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