Deployment of Anglo-American forces 1942


Deployment of Anglo-American forces by theaters in summer 1942.


Deployment of the armed forces of the Anglo-Americans (Britain with Commonwealth and United States) by theaters of war (Europe, Middle East, Atlantic) in summer 1942 according to nominal (paper) strengths.

British 6-pounder anti-tank gun ready to fire
British 6-pounder anti-tank gun ready to fire in North Africa.

British flagBRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH FORCES

British and Commonwealth Forces – Divisions:

Theaters of War Coastal defense, Airborne Motorized Infantry Armoured
8th Army (Western Desert)-52
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk)-1 2/31/3
British troops Egypt-2/31
Shipping transfer to 8th Army-11
9th Army (Palestine)-1 2/3-
10th Army (Iraq)-21
Cyprus-1/3-
Great Britain8262 1/3
in UK for Operation Torch-11
Reinforcements for 8th Army for time of Second Alamein-3 1/3 (2 from UK)2 2/3 (from UK)
TOTAL842 2/311 1/3

British and Commonwealth Forces – Infantry:

Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
8th Army (Western Desert) 43,089-? 5,285 1,246-
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk) 13,274-? 1,602389-
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk) 8,130-? 1,052223-
Shipping transfer to 8th Army 10,569-? 1,342296-
9th Army (Palestine) 12,190-? 1,920363-
10th Army (Iraq) 17,886-? 2,209514-
Cyprus 2,439-?28973
Great Britain 257,450-? 33,785 7,506-
in UK for Operation Torch 10,569-? 1,727296-
Reinforcements for 8th Army for time of Second Alamein 33,058-? 4,610883-
TOTAL 408,696-? 53,821 11,789-

British and Commonwealth Forces – Vehicles and Artillery:

Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Field guns AT guns AA guns
8th Army (Western Desert)347- 1,456 13,710456336344
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk)58-455 4,0821369698
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk)174-259 2,899968086
Shipping transfer to 8th Army174-344 3,61812096102
9th Army (Palestine)--426 3,5951208080
10th Army (Iraq)174-6005.776192144150
Cyprus--85719161616
Great Britain58052 7,109 60,512 2,400 2,238 1,794
in UK for Operation Torch20126151 3,626120250102
Reinforcements for 8th Army for time of Second Alamein75852 1,155 10,129312564268
TOTAL 2,466130 12,040 108,666 3,968 3,900 3,040

us flagUS FORCES

US Forces – Divisions:

Theaters of War Garrison and Airborne divisions (partly) motorized Infantry Armoured
Eastern USA-ca. 10ca. 3
Deployed for Operation Torch-43
Iceland1--
TOTAL1146

US Forces – Infantry:

Theaters of War Infantry (rifle men) automatic rifles sub-machine guns machine guns mortars light anti-tank weapons
Eastern USA 85,140?? 3,079 1,518 7,391
Deployed for Operation Torch 36,120?? 1,306690 3,678
Iceland 7,740??280138557
TOTAL 129,000?? 4,665 2,364 11,626

US Forces – Vehicles and Artillery:

Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Feld guns AT guns AA guns
Eastern USA681402 1,553 20,100480 1,171-
Deployed for Operation Torch590312549 9,934192490-
Iceland-24--48109-
TOTAL 1,271738 2,102 30,034600 1,700-



Deployment of the Air Forces

Strength of RAF:

Theaters of War Fighters Fighter-bombers light and medium Bombers Heavy Bombers
Great Britain c.1,188c.540c.820c.396
Iceland and USA--c.24-
Middle Eastc.144c.288c.386c.36
Maltac.90-c.18-
Gibraltar and West Africac.18-c.16-
TOTAL 1,440828 1,264432

The figures for the US Air Force based on the figures of the US Army Air Force in December 1941.

US Army Air Force:

Theaters of War Fighters Fighter-bombers light and medium Bombers Heavy Bombers
Eastern USAc.651-c.463c.86


Deployment of Navies

Strength of Royal Navy:

Theaters of War Battleships Heavy Cruisers Light Cruisers Fleet Carriers Light and Escort Carriers DestroyersEscorts MTBs Subs Merchant Fleet
Home Waters UK1c.41 (incl. light)(with heavy)1c.3c.67c.242?c. 18?
Iceland, US, Convoy PQ-1726 (incl. light)(with heavy)1-234?234
Middle East1c.8 (incl. light)(with heavy)-c.1c.30c.4c.10c.10?
Malta-------?c.10?
Gibraltar, West Africa2c.4 (incl. light)(with heavy)2-c.10-?-?
TOTAL 6 (+5 Far East + 2 under Repair for 1+ year) c.10 (+ 2 Far East) c.41 (+5 Far East)4 4 (+1-2 Far East) c.130 (+20 Far East)c.250? c.40 (+15 Far East) c.9,787 worldwide (c.19.095m t) incl. Commonwealth, Belgium, Greece, Dutch, Norway

Strength of US Navy Atlantic:

Theaters of War Battleships Heavy Cruisers Light Cruisers Fleet Carriers Light and Escort Carriers DestroyersEscorts MTBs Subs Merchant Fleet
US East Coast739177646-c.40 c.3,000 (worldwide c. 11.763m t)

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