Personnel Losses in the German Army Artillery during CRUSADER

On 10 January 1942 the Artillerie-Kommandeur 104, commanding the army artillery of Panzergruppe Afrika, reported the current strength of the units under his command. This was all the heavy artillery which had been sent to North Africa as siege artillery for the siege of Tobruk, and which had played such an important role in the battle on the siege lines during the first two weeks of CRUSADER, hammering all Commonwealth forces in the area to at least some degree. Nevertheless, it did not escape unscathed.

Actual Strength Report

 

Strength

1 Nov 41

Strength

1 January 42

Change

Unit

Off.

NCO

OR

Off.

NCO

OR

Off.

NCO

OR

Art. Kdr. 104

6

3

24

6

2

20

0%

-33%

-17%

Stab A.R.221

     

4

7

17

n/a

n/a

n/a

II./A.R.115

24

95

685

22

93

645

-8%

-2%

-6%

s.Art.Abt.408

21

108

611

20

92

419

-5%

-15%

-31%

H.K.A.A.523

13

53

323

11

42

266

-15%

-21%

-18%

H.K.A.A.528

13

63

376

12

44

255

-8%

-30%

-32%

H.K.A.A.533

16

69

466

11

38

227

-31%

-45%

-51%

Battery 902

3

14

123

3

15

107

0%

7%

-13%

4./H.K.A.A.149

3

24

158

3

17

96

0%

-29%

-39%

Beob.Abt.11

28

72

361

29

77

350

4%

7%

-3%

Beob.Batt.

Pz.326

12

39

176

7

35

143

-42%

-10%

-19%

Total

139

540

3303

124

455

2528

-11%

-16%

-23%

 

It is interesting to note that units which were not independently motorized such as the H.K.A.A. formations suffered very heavy losses, as one would expect in a mobile battle.

Notes:

Strength for Stab A.R.221 not available for 1 Nov. 41

A.R. – artillery regiment

H.K.A.A. – coastal artillery battalion

Beob. Abt. – survey battalion (counter battery)

Batt. – Battery