The Relief of Tobruk
Casualties in crusader Campaign
THE figures arrived at by Major-General Playfair and his associates (The Mediterranean and the Middle East, Volume III, p. 97) are as follows:
|Total Forces||Killed||Wounded||Missing||Total Casualties||Percentage of Total Force|
|German 65,000 ..||1,100||3,400||10,100||14,600||22½|
|Italian 54,000 ..||1,200||2,700||19,800||23,700||43|
|Total Axis 119,000||2,300||6,100||29,900||38,300||32|
|British 118,000* ..||2,900||7,300||7,500||17,700||15|
The New Zealand figures were:
|Total Strength||Killed or Died of Wounds||Wounded||Prisoners of War||Total Casualties|
* It is not clear if this is the maximum strength of Eighth Army or the total number of men who served in it throughout crusader, but the former seems more likely. If the former, then 2 South African Div and other troops which crossed into Libya in December would have increased the total substantially.
† Includes 103 who died of wounds, accident or sickness while prisoners of war.