WARSHIP WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021@01:33-H.M.S. BARHAM, H.M.S. NUBIAN G 36, AND ALL THE REST ON OPERATION CRUSADER…WARSHIP WEDNESDAY…
Brian Murza…Killick Vison, W.W.II Naval Researcher-Published Author, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
In an older post (at this link), I have provided loss numbers by army during Operation CRUSADER. These are almost certainly ground forces, and in any case, air force losses would not have added significantly to them, in terms of overall volume. One thing I did not consider until now however are the losses of the two large navies supporting the battle, the Regia Marina and the Royal Navy. Reading up on the sinking of Citta di Palermo on 5 Jan 1942, which caused heavy loss of life (921 dead and missing presumed dead), made me think about this aspect however.
Losses at Sea
Having had a quick look, it is apparent that the personnel losses on both sides are about equal to the losses suffered at land, further reinforcing the nature of Operation CRUSADER as a campaign fought in three dimensions, and probably at the time, the…
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