Ratio of German to Italian troops in North Africa

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Ratio of German to Italian troops in North Africa

Post by Urmel » 24 Sep 2021 11:28


Does anyone have the total numbers (estimates are fine) of troops deployed to North Africa between February 1941 and May 1943, so that one could e.g. say the ratio of German to Italian troops deployed to the theatre was 1:2 (or whatever the number is)?

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Re: Ratio of German to Italian troops in North Africa

Post by ljadw » 30 Nov 2021 19:45

For the Germans (source :Battistelli:Rommel's Afrika Korps )
Strength of the AK was 14500 men in March 1941 and 32000 in December 1941 ;losses were 70000 (mostly NC losses ). But,there are no indications that the NCL left or remained North Africa .
1942 : January 31000,November 41000,losses (also mostly NC Losses ) 90000.
But here again no indications about what happened to sick and wounded .
Nothing about the non combat and Luftwaffe forces and no indication about rotation .
For the Italians (Source :Battistelli : the Italian soldier in North Africa 1941-1943 )
Between September 1939 and June 1940 more than 250000 men were sent to NA,with as result that in June the Army had
216000 men in NA ( army, militia and Libyans ).An other 25000 men were sent between June and December 1940,with an army strength of 215000 men in October .The reason for the difference was that countless soldiers rotated and went back to Italy .At the end of February total Italian strength was only 129000 ( losses were 11000/130000 ).
We can assume that between June 1940 and February 1941 more than 50 % of the 275000 men who were sent to NA had returned to Italy .
An estimate of 25000 Germans and between 500000/750000 Italians would not be far off the mark .
More detailed information could probably be found at Comando Supremo .

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