School of Tank Technology Reports on Italian Tanks

School of Tank Technology Reports on Italian Tanks

Nuno has very kindly put the original reports on the Italian tanks online. You do unfortunately need a SCRIBD account to be able to read them.

These are the reports that were produced by the UK School of Tank Technology in Chertsey, who undertook detailed examination of captured Axis and gifted Allied tanks, e.g. the Soviet KV-1 and T34 models. They are illuminating because they tell us what experts thought in the day, rather than through the distorted lens of 70 years onwards.m13

Report Cover Page

M11/39 at this link (for completeness – this tank did not serve in CRUSADER)

M13/40 at this link (the medium tank that equipped Ariete armoured division in CRUSADER)

Happy reading.

D.A.K. war diary 12 March 1941

D.A.K. war diary 12 March 1941

12 March 1941

The Commander flies back to Tripoli during the morning. At 17.00 hours a parade and passing is held at the Castle in Tripoli by II./PR5, those elements of I./PR5[1] already in Tripoli and a tank battalion of Div. Ariete[2]. II./PR5 afterwards moves to Sirt in four night marches; during the march the battalion remains directly subordinate to the Afrikakorps.

Nordafrika, Truppenparade in Tripolis

Italian medium tanks M13/40 parading in Tripoli on 12 March 1941. Picture from Wikipedia’s Bundesarchiv project

Under command of Major Schraepler (IIa)[3] a preparatory command drives to Sirt in the early morning hours, to prepare the new Corps HQ for the command staff.

[1]Second and first battalions of the armoured regiment of 5.lei.Div., respectively.

[2]These were the tanks of 7th Battalion 32nd Armoured Regiment, which had arrived the day before. See this older link.

[3]The Afrikakorps Chief Personnel Officer. A nice example of how staff officers were expected to fulfill multiple roles.