Well they left some wrecks they will be heading on to Cario or Alexandria to get a look at by the engineers and the rest of the armoured corps.
We know who are the British Commanders are. Who is the German commander? Is it Rommel or is it someone a whole more cautious?
I'm still wondering who they sent to command the German forces. The first German general officer that was sent to take a look at the situation in Libya was a certain Friedrich Paulus...I too see this delay as being good for the British. Either the Germans hit them when the British formations are in defensive positions and can keep trading as well as they insofar have, or the British get more intel on what their enemies have and likely build up stronger and better forces, as I don't see the nazi high command sending many additional forces to south Africa unless they start seeing hard-fought victories or if all other presently ongoing continental conflicts are resolved.
I suspect that on New Year's Day 1943 he wished he had grabbed the position going.I'm still wondering who they sent to command the German forces. The first German general officer that was sent to take a look at the situation in Libya was a certain Friedrich Paulus...
Seems as though Paulus was destined to end up a POW one way or another. No doubt he would have preferred being a prisoner of the Allies. Being held in a nice cushy manor house in England. With lots of cordial talkative company. And hidden listening devices everywhere.I suspect that on New Year's Day 1943 he wished he had grabbed the position going.
I'm not sure it really matters. According to the wikipedia page on the Order of Battle, they only had two Matildas and ten Light Tank MKVI. That appears to have been their entire tank force (correct me if I am wrong). Furthermore, reading through the page and the number of Royal Artillery detachments who are marked as fighting as infantry as they don't have equipment.Hoo boy, something tells me the Fallschirmjäger are in for a rough time.
I do wonder though, how does that compare to the OTL forces? Are the Matilda Is' pom-poms likely to see them do better than the OTL Matilda IIs against the paratroopers?