Following some further work on the older blog article at this link I have now turned this into a more substantive and better referenced article, which can be dowloaded here:
The conclusions of the blog are refined in this article, but they remain fundamentally aligned with those of the blog entry.
Happy reading, and comments as always welcome.
Rommel and Gariboldi during a Planning Meeting, probably February 1941. Rommelsriposte.com Collection