Friday, February 16, 2007

Back to the Official History: 25 November 1941

As you may or not may recall, Rommel changed his plans when the Ariete Division had not arrived at the front. He sent the 15th Panzer Division towards Sidi Omar and Sidi Azieiz. He ordered the 21st Panzer Division away from the frontier area, heading west. Rommel had a small force in reserve. Rommel grabbed the 5th Panzer Regiment, which General Cruewell had sent to rejoin its division. He turned the regiment to the north, where it encountered the 1st Field Regiment, which lost five guns. By the end of the day, the 5th Panzer Regiment had lost 18 tanks, leaving it with only 25 runners. The 15th Panzer Regiment still had 53 tanks, but they were spread out, due to supply problems (presumably, running out of fuel). One German success occurred when a force drove into the No.50 Maintenance Centre and either captured or dispersed soldiers from the unit. The Germans left the area by afternoon and the Centre returned to normal operation. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.

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