Operation Battleaxe order of battle

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This is the order of battle for Operation Battleaxe, a Second World War battle between the British Commonwealth and the European Axis Powers Germany and Italy in North Africa in June 1941.

British and Commonwealth Forces[edit]

Commander in Chief, Middle East - General Archibald Wavell

German and Italian forces[edit]

Commandante Superiore, Generale d'Armata Italo Gariboldi[2]


  1. ^ The 4th Armoured Brigade was under the effective command of Masservy's 4th Indian Infantry Division
  2. ^ The Commandante Superiore was Rommel's superior on paper, but not in practice.


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