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... Hecker Amphibious unit
Approximately 650 men or just over 800 if third San Marco company arrives.
3rd San Marco Battalion was in Africa. 373 men of two companies and possibly a third company (168 men) would have been used in the proposed operation.
778th Pioneer Landing Company (A German Amphibious Assault Engineer company numbering 73 men).
13th company of the 800th Brandenburger Regiment (100 men, 60 of whom had lived in Palestine and spoke some Arabic).
Vehicles: Three British tanks, either light Mk VI's, or medium Mk IV's. Also three armored car, and two SP guns.
Artillery included 13 47mm AT guns, three 50mm, six 37mm, and 4 2-pdrs...
Andreas wrote:Trento replaced Bologna (I think) in the siege line, so they probably had nothing to do with any amphibious assault.
The assault was planned for 21 November. I never heard anything of an amphibious stage, all the accounts I have read agree that it was a straightforward job, with elms. 15.PD and Div. zbV Afrika attacking up the Via Balbia from the SE of the siege lines, with the tanks exploiting the breakthrough, and the fortress collapsing in two days.
Crusader spoiled the party.
All the best
13emeDBLE wrote:...the defensor were less strong...
JonS wrote:As for the proposed amphib assault, I wonder (ie, I have no sources to back this up) if the plan was to wount a diversion across the very large Wadi that marked the NW limit of the perimeter? That'd be sort-of like a river crossing, which is about all that rubber boats would be good for.
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