Thursday, July 05, 2007

The 22nd Armoured Brigade on 28 December 1941

Vol.III of the Official History gives the composition of the 22nd Armoured Brigade battle group on 28 and 30 December 1941:

22nd Armoured Brigade with 55 Crusaders and 35 Stuarts
2nd Regiment, RA: 16-25pdr guns, in two batteries
102nd (Northumberland Hussars) AT Regiment: 36-2pdr ATGs in three batteries
122nd AA Battery, RA
9th Battalion, the Rifle Brigade

The 22nd Armoured Brigade was beaten and driven back by the
two Panzer Divisions (with 60 tanks, of which 44 were
Pzkw III and IV tanks). The 22nd Armoured Brigade lost 37 tanks,
mostly Crusaders that broke down and were abandoned. The Germans
lost seven tanks. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.

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