Operation Crusader order of battle

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This is the order of battle for the ground forces involved in Operation Crusader, a World War II battle between the British Commonwealth and the European Axis Powers of Germany and Italy in North Africa between 18 November – 30 December 1941.

British and Commonwealth Forces[edit]

Commander-in-Chief Middle East Command: General Claude Auchinleck

British Eighth Army[edit]

Lieutenant-General Alan Cunningham, succeeded on 26 November by Lieutenant-General Neil Ritchie

XXX Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Willoughby Norrie

XIII Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Reade Godwin-Austen

Tobruk Fortress[edit]

Major-General Ronald Scobie

Oasis Force[edit]

Brigadier Denys Reid
  • 29th Indian Infantry Brigade
  • 6th South African Armoured Car Regiment

Army Reserve[edit]

German and Italian forces[edit]

Supreme Commander North Africa: General Ettore Bastico

Italian Mobile Army (XX) Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Gastone Gambara
  • 132 Armoured Division Ariete (General Mario Balotta)
    • 132nd Armoured Regiment
      • VII Tank Battalion
      • VIII Tank Battalion
      • IX Tank Battalion
    • 32nd Light Armoured Regiment
    • 8th Bersaglieri Regiment (Motorised)
    • 132nd Artillery Regiment
  • 101 Motorised Division Trieste
    • 65th Infantry Regiment
    • 66th Infantry Regiment
    • 9th Bersaglieri Regiment
    • 21st Artillery Regiment
  • RECAM (Reconnaissance Unit of the Mobile Army Corps)

Panzer Group Afrika[edit]

General der Panzertruppe Erwin Rommel

German Afrika Korps[edit]

Generalleutnant Ludwig Crüwell

Italian XXI Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Enea Navarrini



External links[edit]

The Major Ground Commands and Commanders on The CRUSADER Project