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The Panzer Regiment 8 towards Libya 1941.
On March 15, 1941, the PR 8 was detached from the 10. Pz and subordinated to the 15. Pz. On March 25, 1941, Oberst Elster handed over the command of the regiment to Oberstleutnant Hans Cramer, former commander of the Panzer-Aufklärungs-Lehr-Abteilung. During the period from March 26 to April 10, 1941, final preparations were made to march to the Libyan theater of operations. On April 11, the I. Abteilung was entrained in Schwetzingen, for the railway transport by the Brennero - Florence - Rome - port of Naples. From here, the regiment will arrive to Africa by ship in 3 convoys.
The ships of the convoy were: "Leverkusen", "Rialto", "Ankara", "Burma", "Gritti","Kybfels", "Poscarini" and "Venario". On the night of 13 to 14 April 1941, the first train arrived in Naples. When the 1. Company was already loaded, it had to be unloaded again to replace the anthracite paint by the camouflage of the desert. The cargo on the "Leverkusen" was completed on 22 April 1941 and the crossing was made by Sicily, with mooring in the port of Palermo, then passing the Island of Pantelleria and the Pelagic Islands. The transport was covered by sea and with aerial surveillance. The "Rialto" and two other transports were retained in Messina by submarine threat and then reached Tripoli with 8 days of delay. The HQ of the I. Abteilung with the 1. Company arrived in Africa on April 24, 1941. The HQ of the regiment with HQ Coy, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Company were landed on May 5, 1941 in Tripoli, while HQ of the II. Abteilung, the 6th and 7th Companies arrived in Tripoli on May 6, 1941 .................
Sources: http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... er/PR8.htm
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