Peter89 wrote: ↑
08 Nov 2021 19:05
USA is another matter because they were not in war with Germany during the time when a window of opportunity in NA / ME existed.
The USA was allowing Vichy France a small amount of oil, food and other materials. That would all stop with greater blatant support for Germany.
3. I guess you are familiar with at least Playfair's and Lyman's accounts of the Iraq campaign, and you know what kind of vehicles were possessed by the the Kingcol / Habforce. Not to mention the troops landed in Basra. Now, can you please explain to me, how that couldn't be matched by the Wehrmacht - absent Barbarossa?
"The flying column, Kingcol, was a miniature force of all arms, about 2,000 strong with 500 vehicles, under the Commander of the 4th Cavalry Brigade, Brigadier J. J. Kingstone, whose orders were to reach Habbaniya as quickly as possible—a strenuous task in the intense heat. The force had to move self-contained, with twelve days' rations and five days' water, and most of the heavy lorries that could be provided for this purpose were not desert-worthy."
"The composition of Kingcol was Headquarters and Signals, 4th Cavalry Brigade; The Household Cavalry Regiment; 237th Battery, Royal Artillery, and one Anti-Tank troop, Royal Artillery; one troop 2nd Field Squadron, Royal Engineers; detachment Boring Section, Royal Engineers; two companies 1st Essex Regiment; detachment 166th Light Field Ambulance; 3rd Reserve and 552nd Motor Transport Companies, Royal Army Service Corps; and eight cars of No. 2 Armoured Car Company, Royal Air Force.")
https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/ ... d-2-9.html
500 vehicles for 2,000 men for a fully motorised column is what you should be looking at.
Who said they couldn't move motor transports by air? For example, a Ju 52 could move a Kübelwagen with the matching 4 soldiers. Heavier models, obviously in smaller numbers, could transport heavier motor transports up to an Sdkfz 222 or an Sdkfz 250. In any case, the Germans could deploy a motorized battalion per day via air. Zündapp and BMW motorcycles were also transportable via air.
I'd very much like to see pictures of a Ju52 transporting a Kubelwagen. Which heavier models that could transport Sdkfz 222 or 250 were in service with the German air force in May 1941 please?
Furthermore, light artillery pieces, as well as AT and AA guns could be carried by aerial transport.
And their prime movers are motorcycles I presume.
I am familiar with the numbers; the Lend-Lease in 1941 was not relevant.
699 aircraft and 480 tanks delivered to the Soviet Union from the UK by the end of 1941.
Realistically only the ships of Operation Dervish, PQ1 and PQ2 could reach the Middle East before the end of the year.
Had Iraq been secured, or at the very least the Baghdad/Mosul/Kirkuk area, the northern and eastern pronges of Operation Exporter could not advance on the Levant. Wavell would hardly jeopardize his left flank for an attack on the right flank that could lead nowhere. Besides, the main British interest was near Abadan, and without question, the situation near Basra would determine his attitude. If Basra, Shaibah and consequantly Abadan would fall to Axis hands, I doubt he would try to move his forces for this impossible journey. Especially if the Soviets, as per the map, would occupy Iran. But this is pure speculation. No one can actually know what would have happened if the Germans committed to a strategy that aimed the borders coloured on that map.
An advance from British Palestine into Vichy Lebanon and Syria cuts off German aerial resupply effectively ending the campaign in Iraq too bar the shouting. But yeah given their interior lines, the quantity of supplies and men being received every week and the ending of the campaign in Italian East Africa, mounting a two pronged advance would really pose little problem for the British.