Saturday, May 26, 2007
December 1941: more British reinforcements
While the Germans and Italians were in desperate straits in early December 1941, the British were receiving significant reinforcements, as well as replacements. The 1st Armoured Division had arrived the Suez area in November, and had started to disembark. The armoured car regiment, the 12th Lancers, as well as the division artillery, were sent forward immediately. The 22nd Armoured Brigade had arrived earlier. The 1st Armoured Division still followed the old two armoured brigade organization. The 2nd Armoured Brigade also followed a new pattern, as it had Stuart regiment and two Crusader units (60 Stuarts and 106 Crusaders). This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.