Some time ago someone asked where the Germans suffered their losses in the French Campaign in 1940.
Btw - I have a small question partially related to the battle of Hannut-Gembloux and partially to the battle of Ernage-Gembloux from 15th of May 1940.
In English wikipedia I found info that:
During the battle of Hannut 4. PD lost 29 tanks irreparable (15 Pz.I, 5 Pz.II, 4 Pz.III, 5 Pz.IV)
On 15th of May 4. PD lost 26 tanks irreparable (9 Pz.I, 9 Pz.II, 6 Pz.III, 8 Pz.IV, 2 Pz-Bef)
Together it gives us 55 tanks (24 Pz.I, 14 Pz.II, 11 Pz.III, 12 Pz.IV, 2 Pz-Bef)
On 10th of May this division had got:
152 Pz.I, 111 Pz.II, 40 Pz.III, 24 Pz.IV, 27 Pz-Bef
On 16th of May this division had got (161 of them were operational):
137 Pz.I (68 operational), 106 Pz.II (53 operational), 36 Pz-III (18 operational), 19 Pz-IV (9 op.), 27 Pz-Bef (13 op.)
Even on 25th of May (after receiving replacements - 2 Pz-IVs and 7 other tanks) - this division still had got at least 15 Panzer IVs - but I don't know if it is only number of operational Pz-IVs or total amount of Pz-IVs the division had got (including damaged, not operational ones).
http://web.archive.org/web/200408042110 ... llgelb.htm
According to ww2 day by day in the whole period between 10th and 16th of May the division lost as Total losses (Totalausfälle):
15 Pz.I, 5 Pz.II, 4 Pz.III, 5 Pz.IV = 29 tanks.
According to Thomas Jentz - "Panzertruppen" - between 10th and 20th of May the whole German army (not only one division) lost 14 Pz-IVs as write-offs.
Summing up - something is wrong with some figures...
Which ones and what is wrong?
According to the same Thomas Jentz allegedly between 21st and 31st of May Panzerwaffe lost 63 (!!!) Pz-IVs as write-offs.
Where did they allegedely lost so many in this period?! - during the battles of Arras and Dunkirk ??!! I don't think so !! Certainly not during the battle of Arras. Battle of Dunkirk ?! - where ?! - which engagements / combats exactly !!??
And in period 1st - 10th of June - 9 (according to the same author)
In period 11th - 30th of June - 11 (as above)
So - according to Thomas Jentz:
10. - 20. V - 14
21. - 31. V - 63 (!!!)
1. - 10. VI - 9
11. - 30. VI - 11
Btw - during the battle of Dunkirk the Germans were to lost:
10,252 KIA, 8,467 MIA, 42,000 WIA, 101 planes
They were to capture:
1,246,000 prisoners of war
1,200 field artillery guns
1,250 AA guns
11,000 machine guns
The Allies were abandon / leave in the area around Dunkirk:
25,000 other motor vehicles
76,000 tonnes of ammunition
600,000 tonnes of fuel
The Allies were to lost:
177 planes (including 106 fighters)
6 destroyers and 200 other, smaller vessels sunk
Only British units lost at least 30,000 KIA and WIA
Only up to 338,000 soldiers - mostly British ones - were evacuated.
PS: In my opinion somebody made a mistake and included all casualties (including damaged tanks) of Panzer IVs in period 21st - 31st of May - and that is why we received so high number in this period - 63.