Deployment of Anglo-American forces 1942

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

British 6-pounder anti-tank gun ready to fire

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

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 flagBRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH FORCES

British and Commonwealth Forces: Divisions
Theaters of War Coastal defense, Airborne Motorized Infantry Armoured
8th Army (Western Desert) - 5 2
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk) - 1 2/3 1/3
British troops Egypt - 2/3 1
Shipping transfer to 8th Army - 1 1
9th Army (Palestine) - 1 2/3
10th Army (Iraq) - 2 1
Cyprus - 1/3
Great Britain 8 26 2 1/3
in UK for Operation Torch - 1 1
Reinforcements for 8th Army for time of Second Alamein - 3 1/3 (2 from UK) 2 2/3 (from UK)
TOTAL 8 42 2/3 11 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 - ? 1,602 389
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk) "8 130" - ? 1,052 223
Shipping transfer to 8th Army 10,569 - ? 1,342 296
9th Army (Palestine) 12,190 - ? 1,920 363
10th Army (Iraq) 17,886 - ? 2,209 514
Cyprus 2,439 - ? 289 73
Great Britain 257,450 - ? 33,785 7,506
in UK for Operation Torch 10,569 - ? 1,727 296
Reinforcements for 8th Army for time of Second Alamein 33,058 - ? 4,610 883
TOTAL 408,696 - ? 53,821 11,789
Theaters of War Tanks Assault Guns, AFV's APC's Trucks Field guns AT guns AA guns
8th Army (Western Desert) 347 - 1,456 13,710 456 336 344
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk) 58 - 455 4,082 136 96 98
8th Army (Fortress Tobruk) 174 - 259 2,899 96 80 86
Shipping transfer to 8th Army 174 - 344 3,618 120 96 102
9th Army (Palestine) - 426 3,595 120 80 80
10th Army (Iraq) 174 - 600 5.776 192 144 150
Cyprus - - 85 719 16 16 16
Great Britain 580 52 7,109 60,512 2,400 2,238 1,794
in UK for Operation Torch 201 26 151 3,626 120 250 102
Reinforcements for 8th Army for time of Second Alamein 758 52 1,155 10,129 312 564 268
TOTAL 2,466 130 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. 10 ca. 3
Deployed for Operation Torch - 4 3
Iceland 1 -
TOTAL 1 14 6
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 ? ? 1,306 690 3,678
Iceland 7,740 ? ? 280 138 557
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 USA 681 402 1,553 20,100 480 1,171
Deployed for Operation Torch 590 312 549 9,934 192 490
Iceland - 24 - - 48 109
TOTAL 1,271 738 2,102 30,034 600 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.1,188 c.540 c.820 c.396
Iceland and USA - - c.24
Middle East c.144 c.288 c.386 c.36
Malta c.90 - c.18
Gibraltar and West Africa c.18 - c.16
TOTAL 1,440 828 1,264 432

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 USA c.651 - c.463 c.86

Deployment of Navies

Strength of Royal Navy
Theaters of War Battleships Heavy Cruisers Light Cruisers Fleet Carriers Light and Escort Carriers Destroyers Escorts MTBs Subs Merchant Fleet
Home Waters UK 1 c.41 (incl. light) (with heavy) 1 c.3 c.67 c.242 ? c. 18 ?
Iceland, US, Convoy PQ-17 2 6 (incl. light) (with heavy) 1 - 23 4 ? 2 34
Middle East 1 c.8 (incl. light) (with heavy) - c.1 c.30 c.4 c.10 c.10 ?
Malta - - - - - - - ? c.10 ?
Gibraltar, West Africa 2 c.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
Theaters of War Battleships Heavy Cruisers Light Cruisers Fleet Carriers Light and Escort Carriers Destroyers Escorts MTBs Subs Merchant Fleet
US East Coast 7 3 9 1 7 76 46 - c.40 c.3,000 (worldwide c. 11.763m t)
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