Battle of Alam el Halfa order of battle

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The Panzerjäger-Abteilung 39 (part of "Kampfgruppe Gräf", part of the 21st Panzer Division) of the Afrika Korps on the move, 1942

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.[1]

Allied forces[edit]

Eighth Army[edit]

Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery

XIII Corps[edit]

Lieutenant-General Brian Horrocks

Axis forces[edit]

Panzer Armee Afrika[edit]

Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel

Deutsches Afrika Korps[edit]

Generalleutnant Walther Nehring (wounded in an air attack on 31 August and replaced by Rommel's Chief-of-Staff Oberst Fritz Bayerlein)[2]

Italian XX Motorised Corps[edit]

Major General Giuseppe De Stefanis

Italian X Corps[edit]

Lieutenant general Edoardo Nebba

Tanks in use by both sides[edit]

A British Valentine tank in North Africa

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.[3]

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Buffetaut pp. 85–86
  2. ^ Bungay p. 136
  3. ^ 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.