MarkN wrote:So, just how many were lost? Was it ...
45 (AFV ME note),
46 (CO 5RTR report),
49 (Jentz, source unconfirmed),
53 (Jentz from 5RTR WDiarist) or
other? Australian OH mentions 38 l think from memory.
Urmel wrote: MarkN wrote:
Here's a little teaser I found for you.
Personally, I am not impressed with the accuracy of the numbers.
I doubt the number of 19 cruisers recovered. Unless that includes cruisers left behind in Tobruk for repairs with AOW and still there when the fortress was encircled, which is of course possible.
According to Jentz
A composite squadron of 3 Hussars and 5 RTR was formed on 8 April and issued:
- 3/Mk.IVA Cruisers on 10 April
- 1/Mk.IVA Cruisers on 11 April
- 2/Mk.IVA Cruisers on 12 April
- 1/Mk.IVA Cruisers on 13 April
Total (13 April) - 7 Mk.IV Cruisers and 15 light tanks
14 April - the composite squadron of 3 H / 5 RTR now has 7 Cruiser tanks and 18 light tanks.
ca. 20 April - 1 RTR takes over 9 Mk.IV Cruisers from 5 RTR.
1 May - C Squadron of 1 RTR has 9 Cruisers Mk.IV.
This group was hadly used in combat, and no casualties were recorded.
In addition, 11 other Cruisers ( 10 Mk.I and 1 Mk.IIA) were shipped to Tobruk on 8 April with 1 RTR. This bunch had several battle losses (2 destroyed on 11 Apr, 2 on 14 Apr, 1-2 on 1 May with a few more heavy damaged).
Nevertheless, on 15 May, 1 RTR had 23 Cruisers in Tobruk...