Thursday, October 29, 2009
The 8th Army withdraws from the Egyptian border
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Desert Air Force
11 Hurricane squadrons
6 Kitty Hawk squadrons
1 Spitfire squadron
2 Tomahawk squadrons
2 Beaufighter squadrons
1 Hurricane squadron
1 Tomahawk squadron
2 Boston squadrons
1 Blenheim squadron
1 Baltimore squadron
The Desert Air Force had 463 aircraft on 22 June 1942, with another 420 distributed across the Middle East. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
American reinforcements to the Middle East
One squadron of 27 Lockheed Hudsons
One group of 80 Curtis Kittyhawks
One group of 57 North American B-25 Mitchells
One group of 35 Consolidated B-24 Liberators
This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The air force takes the load
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The First Plan
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Frontier, Mersa Matruh, or El Alamein?
The question of the moment on 23 June 1942 was where to fight to stop Rommel. The Defence Committee in London would have liked to see a stand made at the Frontier. For a number of reasons, this was appealing. First, it would keep Axis forces further away from Alexandria and the Nile Delta. Secondly, Allied Air Forces would be better able to protect convoys to Malta and to interdict Axis supply lines.
In the Middle East, the commanders thought that they lacked sufficient mobile forces, especially armour, to risk a fight at the frontier. Mersa Matruh was another 120 miles East of the Frontier. They calculated that there would be that much more strain on Axis supply lines by fighting at Matruh. The problem with fighting at Mersa Matruh was that there still was a lack of mobile forces and defending Mersa Matruh without them was problematic. This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.