Panzergruppe Intelligence Assessment for 29 November 1941

This document was signed by von Mellenthin on 29 November, and received at during the evening on the same day.

1. Enemy Behaviour on 29 Nov. 1941

The expected enemy attack from the south did not take place during the morning, almost certainly due to supply problems. For example, 4 Armoured Division has no ammunition. During the early afternoon hours, battle group Arko 104 is being attacked at and east of B. Bu Cremeisa by 100 British tanks (4 Armoured Brigade). The attack was repulsed, 20 tanks were lost. 1 S.A. Brigade ceases to advance because apparently the ordered redez-vous location has been occupied by the opponent. 22 Armoured and 7 Rifle Brigade attack flank and rear of 21 Panzer Division on the Trigh el Abd in the area southwest of Gambut. Artillery effective on rearward columns. The capture of the GOC 21 Panzer Division is reported.

During the evening hours 22 Armoured Brigade disengages again into the same area as yesterday (around B. el Chelb). The same is assumed of 4 Armoured Brigade, since the supply depots are in the area of B. Taieb el Essem. During the course of the day 4 and 22 Armoured Brigades attempted to delay the advance towards Sidi Rezegh of the D.A.K. and the Italian Division Ariete, but were pushed off to the south. During the late afternoon hours 2 New Zealand Division in the area east of Sidi Rezegh has been enveloped by German forces. By means of a German push from west on S. Rezegh this division was also tied down frontally.

Around midday 7 Rifle Brigade, in its resting area of B. Taieb el – Esem, was tasked in northeasterly direction to stop the Italian division Ariete, which advanced north from the area of B. Bu Meliha. The task failed, and in the evening 7 Rifle Brigade jointly with 4 and 22 Armoured Brigades was situated in the area B. el Chelb and east of it. Ring around New Zealand Division tightened in the evening hours. Connection established between 15 Panzer Division which wins Ed Duda and anti-tank battalion of 90. light Division appear 5km north of Belhamed. Even though today the reunion of enemy forces advancing from the south with the troops in Tobruk did not succeed, also tomorrow renewed attacks by these troops have to be expected.

2. Order of Battle

30 Army Corps (HQ in Maddalena was moved to B. Taieb el Essem) with subordinated 7 Armoured and 1 South African Division, 13 Army Corps (now Tobruk) with Tobruk and New Zealand Divisions.

3. Order of Battle 4 Indian Division

11 Indian Brigade

7 Indian Brigade

5 Indian Brigade

1 Army Tank Brigade

1, 25, and 31 Field Artillery Regiments

68 Medium Artillery Regiment

57 LAA Regiment

65 AT Regiment

8 Field Artillery Regiment

2 South African AT Regiment

4, 11, 12, and 18 Pioneer Companies.


3 thoughts on “Panzergruppe Intelligence Assessment for 29 November 1941

  1. Pingback: Panzergruppe Daily Intelligence Assessments by Day – Overview Table | The Crusader Project

  2. Andreas,

    Thanks for these instalments.

    What do you know about the Pioneer Companies listed at the bottom of the O.o.B? Do you think they are the Bengal Sappers and Miners, the nomenclature seems to match up.

    Best wishes,




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