January 1942 Antelat/Saunnu Battle

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January 1942 Antelat/Saunnu Battle

Post by SherwoodRanger » 19 Aug 2021 23:36

I often read about the engagement between the 2nd Armored Brigade and the 15th Panzergrenadier Division around Antelat and Saunnu as a footnote to history.

Is there more too it? The 2nd Armored Brigade is often described as inexperienced and defeated in detail.

I know it is a strategically insignificant engagement that eventually led to the Gazala Line; but is there an author or first hand account that provides more insight? For Reference I have read Peter Willet's Armoured Horseman thus sparking my interest.


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Re: January 1942 Antelat/Saunnu Battle

Post by Urmel » 20 Aug 2021 20:39

There isn't much on it. Probably because it was a monumental stuff-up by British commanders, many of whom were promoted later before finally recognised for the incompetents that they were and sacked.

https://rommelsriposte.com/2013/01/23/t ... uary-1942/
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

The CRUSADER Project - The Winter Battle 1941/42

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