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The Libyan Campaign [Military Intelligence Service Campaign Study No. 1]

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The Libyan Campaign, November 1941 to January 1942
  • Military Intelligence Service Campaign Study No. 1
    • Military Intelligence Service, War Department, Washington, D.C., August 25, 1942

This wartime summary of the Libyan Campaign was based on reports of both British and U.S. official observers, and on official and unofficial reports of participating British commanders.

     This bulletin was concerned with the operations as a whole and was designed to emphasize lessons pertinent to the entire campaign, as well as to furnish a background for detailed accounts of individual actions to be published at a later date.

     Detailed information on the later stages of the campaign was lacking when this Bulletin was published, and consequently this part of the action was summarized briefly, no attempt being made to indicate the exact daily dispositions of British or Axis units.

     Since the role of the British armored forces was particularly important and since the operations of the other arms were dependent upon the armored action, the movements and engagements of the 7th Armoured Division has been described and commented upon in more detail than have those of other units.

     This description of the campaign served a dual purpose: (1) to provide all officers with reliable information, and (2) to serve as material for talks to troops.

 

Contents
  • Foreword

  • The Libyan Campaign, November 1941-January 1942

    • Terrain

      • General

      • Plateau

      • Ports

      • Water

      • The Jebel Achdar

      • Roads and Tracks

    • Tactical Background

      • British Activity

      • Axis Dispositions

    • Order of Battle

      • British

      • Axis

        • German

        • Italian

    • Plans and Preliminary Movement of the British

      • Primary Objectives

      • Secondary Objectives

      • First Plan

      • Final Plan

        • Controlling Factors

        • Decision

          • XXX Corps

          • XIII Corps

          • Eighth Army Troops

          • RAF

          • Royal Navy

      • Preliminary Activity

    • Operations

      • November 19

        • XXX Corps

        • XIII Corps

      • November 20

        • XXX Corps

        • XIII Corps

      • November 21

        • XXX Corps

        • XIII Corps

      • November 22

        • XXX Corps

        • XIII Corps

      • November 23

        • XXX Corps

        • XIII Corps

      • November 24

        • XXX Corps

        • XIII Corps

      • November 25

        • XXX Corps

        • XIII Corps

      • November 26

        • XIII Corps

      • November 27 and 28

      • November 29

      • November 30

      • December 1

      • December 2

      • December 3

      • December 4

      • December 5

      • December 6

      • December 7

      • December 8

      • December 9

      • December 10

      • December 11

      • December 12

      • December 13

      • December 14

      • December 15 and 16

      • December 17

      • December 18

      • December 19

      • December 20

      • December 21

      • December 22

      • December 24

      • December 25

      • December 26 and 27

      • December 28, 29, and 30

      • January 1

      • January 2 through January 7

    • Lessons

      • General

      • Plans and Their Execution

        • British

        • Axis

      • Combined Arms

        • German Tactics

          • Offense

          • Defense

        • British Mobile Task Forces

      • Armored Units

        • Materiel

        • Tactics

      • Infantry Tactics

      • Artillery Materiel and Tactics

        • Materiel

        • Tactics

      • Reconnaissance and Security

      • Leadership

      • Administration

      • Services

        • Supply

        • Maintenance and Recovery

        • Communications

        • Engineers

      • Personnel

      • Air Support

  • Appendix A: Organization of the Eighth Army

  • Appendix B: The German 15th Armored Division

    • General

    • Detailed Organization

      • Staff

      • 8th Tank Regiment

      • 15th Tank Brigade

      • 15th Motorcycle Battalion

      • 33rd Motorized Artillery Regiment

      • 33rd Divisional Reconnaissance Group

      • 33rd Motorized Signal Battalion

      • 33rd Engineer Battalion

      • 33rd Motorized Anti-tank Battalion

      • Services

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