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Within two weeks those charts could have changed considerably.
Presumably planes engaged on cargo missions instead of parachute missions needed little re-building/prepping.
FLAX claimed to have done that. Based on the numbers you gave in the narrative, this was not the case
Further attacks on aerial convoys followed on April 10, 11, 18, and 19. [b][i]These resulted in the destruction of about 123 Ju 52s and 4 Italian SM 82s.[/i][/b]
On April 22 an entire convoy of twenty-one Me 323s was destroyed; two of these giants had been destroyed earlier for a total loss of twenty-three.
ljadw wrote:But,most of the US divisions fighting in France in 1944,also had no combat experience
MajorT wrote:In my opinion, the Axis would have benefitted from an early withdrawal from Tunisia, because it would have strengthened Siciliy's defences, and the approaching Allies, especially the Americans, would have to mount their first major seaborne invasion with a largely untested ground force. Imagine if the initial US panics in North Africa had instead occurred on a Sicilian beach!
It is probably also as well to remember that Italy lost alomost all its most experienced and best trained and equipped divisions in Tunisia. This is not simply a German question.
Carl Schwamberger wrote:ljadw wrote:But,most of the US divisions fighting in France in 1944,also had no combat experience
A important point. By 5 june 1944 only nine of the US divisions in the ETO had combat experience, only two of the five in the Neptune assualt on 6 June had combat experience. The British were only slightly better in this regard for Op Neptune & Overlord in general.
Beyond that the actual combat experience in Tunisia & Sicilly was fairly limited in number on formations and time. ie: the US 2d Armored Div had a day or two experince fighting the French (for a few companys) and another three weeks of chasing down Italians in Sicilly. The most experienced US corps commanders & staff remained in Italy.
What combat experience the US Army, and Brits for that matter, accquire depends on where & when they operate after this hypothetical Tunisian evacuation
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