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Appendix 4: Outline Distribution of British Land Forces in the Middle East and Mediterranean theatre at the end of October 1941

Note: Certain discrepancies at times may be noticed between these outline distributions of forces and the more detailed distributions given in the text or in footnotes. The explanation is that in the field lower formations were often detached from their parent formations for tactical reasons.

8th Army*

13th Corps

New Zealand Division

4th Indian Division

1st Army Tank Brigade

30th Corps:

7th Armoured Division

4th Armoured Brigade Group

1st South African Division

22nd Guards Brigade Group

2nd South African Division

2nd South African Infantry Brigade Group

29th Indian Infantry Brigade Group

161st Indian Infantry Brigade

Tobruk: 70th Division; 32nd Army Tank Brigade

9th Army†

10th Armoured Division

1st Australian Corps:

6th Australian Division

7th Australian Division

9th Australian Division

5th Independent Cavalry Brigade

3rd Indian Motor Brigade

One unbrigaded battalion

Transjordan Frontier Force

Free French Forces

Greek Independent Brigade Group

Egypt: 1st Armoured Brigade Group; 5th Indian Division; 38th Indian Infantry Brigade; five unbrigaded battalions

Sudan: Sudan Defence Force; two unbrigaded battalions

Cyprus: 50th Division; one armoured regiment; one unbrigaded battalion

Aden: One battalion

Malta (under control of C.-in-C. Middle East from 11th March to 15th May 1942): Four infantry brigades

* For a more detailed distribution of the 8th Army on the eve of CRUSADER see p. 37.

† Many of the formations listed were short of weapons, transport, and other equipment in varying degree.

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Outline Distribution of British Land Forces in the Middle East and Mediterranean theatre at the end of May 1942

8th Army*

13th Corps:

50th Division

1st South African Division

2nd South African Division

9th Indian Infantry Brigade Group

30th Corps:

1st Armoured Division

7th Armoured Division

1st Armoured Brigade Group

3rd Indian Motor Brigade

29th Indian Infantry Brigade Group

1st Free French Brigade Group

5th Indian Division

10th Indian Division

5th South African Infantry Brigade

11th Indian Infantry Brigade Group

2nd Free French Brigade Group

Middle East Commando

9th Army†

HQ 10th Corps

9th Australian Division

New Zealand Division

10th Army†

6th Indian Division

8th Indian Division

252nd Indian Armoured Brigade Group

Egypt†: 10th Armoured Division; 9th Armoured Brigade Group; 161st Indian Motor Brigade; 25th Indian Infantry Brigade Group; five unbrigaded battalions; HQ 4th Indian Division

Palestine†: 5th Indian Infantry Brigade; Transjordan Frontier Force; 1st Greek Brigade Group; 1st Polish Division; Arab Legion

Sudan: 1st Sudan Defence Force Infantry Brigade; 2nd Sudan Defence Force Infantry Brigade; four unbrigaded battalions

Cyprus: 7th Indian Infantry Brigade; two armoured regiments; four unbrigaded battalions

Aden: One Indian Camel Regiment; one battalion

Malta: Four infantry brigades

* For a more detailed distribution see p. 217.

† Many of the formations listed were short of weapons, transport, and other equipment in varying degree.