Wednesday, January 31, 2007
General Alan Cunningham
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
General Cunningham left the front on 24 November 1941
Rommel based his tactics on WWI infiltration tactics
Monday, January 29, 2007
"The Lone Sentry" has an interesting page on the 50mm PAK38
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The 50mm PAK38 was a potent anti-tank gun
Saturday, January 27, 2007
The Official History on the "Dash to the Wire"
Early on 24 November 1941, Rommel decided to take the mechanized units in the DAK to the frontier. He personally led the rapid advance, starting at 10am. The 21st Panzer Division, with 5th Panzer Regiment with Rommel, led the movement. They left the Sidi Rezegh area heading for the Trigh al Abd, with the intent to take that to the border area. They slipped past the 7th Armoured Division and hit the British rear elements, scattering them. Some of the 30th Corps HQ and staff were put in the bag. The Germans also gained stores and water supplies. The soft vehicles of the B Echelons were panicked and they headed East.
The 22nd Armoured Brigade and the 4th Armoured Brigade were in position, offering cover to the New Zealand Division. The 7th Support Group and remnants of the 7th Armoured Brigade were able to hit the Germans in their northern flank and cause some damage. The 1st South African Brigade had artillery that was able to hit the Germans, as well. The 5th Panzer Regiment was slowed by these attacks. Still, Rommel with the rest of the 21st Panzer Division were able to gain the frontier by 4pm. They had travelled 60 miles on the way, averaging about 10mph.
This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.
Robert Crisp was still feeling the effects of almost being killed, along with his crew
Friday, January 26, 2007
After running upon some 50mm PAK38's on the tenth day
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Down the ravine
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The 3rd RTR attacks
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
From the Official History: German tank strength on 24 November 1941
5th Panzer Regiment: 45 tanks, consisting of 11 Pzkw II, 28 Pzkw III, and 6 Pzkw IV
8th Panzer Regiment: 61 tanks, consisting of 18 Pzkw II, 36 Pzkw III, and 7 Pzkw IV
The new men start off for their first action of the Crusader Battle
Monday, January 22, 2007
After Alec Gatehouse's briefing on the tenth day of the Crusader Battle
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Rommel and General Cruewell disagreed on the course of action
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Back to the Official History from the night of 23/24 November 1941
On the tenth day, Alec Gatehouse briefed the officers
Friday, January 19, 2007
Morning of the tenth day of the Crusader Battle
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Cyril Joly arrived with the 12 Stuarts
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
"C.O's Orders" on the ninth day
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Early afternoon on the ninth day of the Crusader Battle
Monday, January 15, 2007
Offering moral support to Dan Pienaar's brigade seemed a rather odd employment on the ninth day of the Crusader Battle
Sunday, January 14, 2007
By 23 November 1941 (from the Official History)
A missed opportunity
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Still early on the eighth day
Friday, January 12, 2007
A convoy in sight
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The beginning of the eighth day of the Crusader Battle
"Midsummer's Night Dream"
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The soldiers who were doing the fighting didn't notice the "Dash to the Wire" and didn't react
Alan Moorehead's book about his early career and his experience as a war correspondent
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
When Robert and his friends heard of Rommel's "Dash to the Wire", they though he "had gone clean off his bloody head"
Rommel's "Dash to the Wire"
Monday, January 08, 2007
The 3rd RTR reformed in the evening of the seventh day
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Looking for chocolate
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Robert Crisp and Harry Maegraith encounder a Pzkw IV
Friday, January 05, 2007
"Enemy M.E.T. heading southeast"
General Auchinleck was the only general, besides Bernard Law Montgomery, who could beat Rommel in the desert
Thursday, January 04, 2007
On the seventh day, Alec Gatehouse had complete confidence
The Wikipedia page on the Crusader Battle ("Operation Crusader")
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
On the seventh day: the pattern of the battle
By the seventh day of the Crusader Battle, Robert Crisp says that a pattern was established for the rest of the battle. They would wake sometime before 4am, drive to their "battle positions", and have breakfast. The breakfast might be a biscuit with marmalade. After that, they would be on the move, with sudden sharp actions, until darkness fell. They would drive in a tight column to their leaguer. Officers would receive their orders for the next day, while their crews and tanks would be involved with "maintenance and replenishment". During the periodic "night marches", the soldiers would listen to the BBC or to the German radio station that played Lili Marlene for the Afrika Korps.
The 4th Armoured Brigade was slowly reconstituted. The battalions grew in strength as the scattered squadrons arrived. There had been this crazy dispersal of battalions, with their squadrons being sent off to operate independently. All that while the Germans concentrated their armoured forces to attack Sidi Rezegh. The 3rd RTR still only had the remains of the HQ and C Squadron. A and B Squadrons were off with other units. This is based on the account in Robert Crisp's book Brazen Chariots with my commentary.