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Personnel replacements

Post by WAKEN » 17 May 2021 11:43

Hi all,

Looking for information on the number of personnel replacements sent to North Africa in the second half of 1941 for all the combatants. Any information gratefully received!



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Re: Personnel replacements

Post by NordAfrikaKrieg » 16 Jun 2021 04:53

I would love to see that as well, and if anyone has any info personnel replacements up to El Alamein I would love to see that too.
I have some info that I will need to dig out that I can provide, I hope someone can add to what I have.

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Re: Personnel replacements

Post by Peter89 » 16 Jun 2021 20:20

Hello guys, Playfair gives the following figure:

THE OCEAN CONVOYS, whose work during 1940 was referred to in the previous volume, continued to pour men into the Middle East at an average rate of more than 1,000 a day during the seven months from January to July 1941. Not counting the movements from other parts of the Command, such as the transfer of 4th and 5th Indian Divisions and 1st South African Division from East Africa after the surrender of the Duke of Aosta, the arrivals at Egyptian ports were, in round numbers:

From the United Kingdom 144,000
From Australia and New Zealand 60,000
From India 23,000
From South Africa 12,000
Total: 239,000
Also in 1942, between January and August, 192,000 replacements arrived via the W.S. ships from the UK, and an additional 32,400 from India, totalling about 224,400.

This is also roughly a 1,000 per day ratio.
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Re: Personnel replacements

Post by Urmel » 17 Jun 2021 13:08

I doubt those are 'replacements', that must include new units as well? They had a total of about 10,000 losses in CRUSADER, and while losses were more substantial in Gazala, there was no need for almost 200,000 replacements.
The enemy had superiority in numbers, his tanks were more heavily armoured, they had larger calibre guns with nearly twice the effective range of ours, and their telescopes were superior. 5 RTR 19/11/41

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