Battle of Alam el Halfa order of battle
This is the order of battle for the Battle of Alam el Halfa, a World War II battle between the British Commonwealth and the European Axis Powers Germany and Italy in North Africa between 30 August and 5 September 1942.
- Lieutenant-General Brian Horrocks
- 2nd New Zealand Division – Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg
- 4th New Zealand Infantry Brigade – Brigadier Lindsay Inglis
- 5th New Zealand Infantry Brigade – Brigadier Howard Kippenberger
- 6th New Zealand Infantry Brigade – Brigadier George Clifton (captured 4 September)
- British 132nd Infantry Brigade (detached from 44th Division) – Brigadier C.B. Robertson (wounded)
- 44th (Home Counties) Division – Major-General Ivor Hughes
- 7th Armoured Division – Major-General Callum Renton
- 10th Armoured Division – Major-General Alexander Gatehouse
- Generalleutnant Walther Nehring (wounded in an air attack on 31 August and replaced by Rommel's Chief-of-Staff Oberst Fritz Bayerlein)
- 15th Panzer Division – Generalmajor Gustav von Vaerst
- 21st Panzer Division – Generalmajor Georg von Bismarck
- 90th Light Division – Generalmajor Ulrich Kleemann
- 132 Armoured Division Ariete – Major General Adolfo Infante
- 133 Armoured Division Littorio – Major General Gervasio Bitossi
- 101 Motorised Division Trieste – Major General Francesco La Ferla
- 17 Motorised Division Pavia – Major General Nazzareno Scattaglia
- 27 Motorised Division Brescia – Major General Brunetto Brunetti
- 185 Airborne Division Folgore – Major General Enrico Frattini
Tanks in use by both sides
Deutsches Africa Korps had 34 light and 193 medium tanks, of these 27 tanks were the new Panzer IV F2 with the long-barreled gun 75mm gun. This longer barrelled gun gave the Mark IV superior range than the Allied tanks. The Italian armoured divisions were made up of 243 tanks but these were mostly the obsolete M13/40s.
The Allies had 500 that would see action during this battle. 170 of these were M3 Grants, the best tank the Allies had access to at this time. The remaining tanks were made up of M3 Stuarts light tanks, Crusader Mk II cruiser tanks and Valentine infantry tanks.
- Buffetaut pp. 85–86
- Bungay p. 136
- Buffetaut p. 85
- Buffetaut, Yves (1995). Operation Supercharge-La seconde bataille d'El Alamein (in French). Histoire Et Collections.
- Bungay, Stephen (2002). Alamein. Aurum Press.
- Hammond, Bryn (2012). El Alamein: The Battle that Turned the Tide of the Second World War. Osprey Publishing.