Interesting discussion all. The figure of men lost comes from the Halder Diary, but I suspect that this may have been the number of men carried. A large number of men were picked up fromthe Greek islands such as Kephalonia. As for the tanks, I do not believe (following Halder) that any were lost at all. They seem to have been on the first convoy since he says (20 May 1941) ''First echelon of 2 Armoured Division (three ships) has landed at Taranto''. On 22 May he says, ''The announcement of loss of tanks off Patras has proved erroneous, The tanks of 2d Armored Division have already been landed at Taranto. The losses seem to be largely in light and medium artillery of the division.''
Other sources that mantion the incident include:
The Goebbels Diaries 1939-41, trans. By Fred Taylor.
23 May 1941 (Friday)
Yesterday: We have not been lucky at sea. Two transporters with 700 men on board and heavy equipment, on their way from Patras, struck mines. With heavy losses.
A History of the Panzer Troops 1916-1945, by Werner Haupt.
Panzer divisions prepared for the Balkan campaign by the OKH -with the exception of the 16th Panzer Division, which did not see action -were ordered back to Germany as soon as the fighting died down, in order to refresh and replace personnel, weapons, equipment and vehicles, for the campaign against the Soviet Union… This refreshment was absolutely necessary, as the Balkan campaign had resulted in a great deal of damage to the tanks -losses had to be made up as well. For example, the 2nd Panzer Division lost most of their artillery during shipping from Patras to Tarento.
Panzertruppen, Volume 1, by Thomas L. Jentz.
Tracked vehicles from Panzer?Regiment 3 had been loaded on the ships "Marburg" and "Kybfels" for the return trip. Both ships were sunk by enemy action with the loss of all the Panzers; on board.
Die 2.Panzer-Division - Bewaffnung-Einsatz-Manner, by Franz Steinzer.
1941: THE BALKAN CAMPAIGN
After a short time of recreation in Greece the division was ordered back, the occupation duties being taken over by Italian units which received a rather cool welcome in Greece. The wheeled elements of the 2nd Panzer Division moved back to Jugoslavia via Albania and were entrained in Split. The tracked elements of the division were taken aboard the freighters "Marburg" and "Kybfels"in Patras harbour. They were to be ferried to Tarent in Italy from where they should be brought back to the Reich via rail. During their second voyage both ships were lost to enemy action en route with a full load of panzers, APCs and artillery tractors aboard. While personnel losses were moderate, all of the "hardware" had to be written off.
The captions of the photographs in this book read as follows:
Rficktransport, Verladung in Patras, 1. Transport auf die Schiffe "Marburg" und "Kybfels". Die Verladung des PzRgt 3
On the way home: Panzers are loaded aboard the transport ships "Marburg" and "Kybfels" in Patras harbour
Drei Mann und ein Scil ? so leicht ist der Panzer
So gefrdBig ist ein Schiffsbauch
The naval loading capacities were very impressive
Die "Marburg" in der Kiellinie der "Kybfels"
"Marburg" and "Kybfels" in line ahead
Auf hoher See
Am 21 Mai 1941, nach dem Auslaufen des 2. Transportes, wurden die "Marburg" und die "Kybfels" versenkt, im Hintergrund die brennende "Marburg"
During their second transport voyage both ships were sunk by enemy action. The "Marburg" is burning in the background
Gerettete erreichen die Insel Kephalonia
Most survivors reached the island of Kephalonia
Grabstdtten von ertrunkenen Kameraden in Agustoli
Drowned comrades were buried in Agustoli
Fahrt entlang der Bucht von Cattaro
Near Cattaro (Cotor)
Soldatenfriedhof 35 krn nord6stlich von Athen, 1976 angelegt, auf dem alle Gefallenen unserer Division beerdigt sind
A view of the new military cemetery of the 2nd Panzer Division. Situated 35 kms northeast of Athens all deads of the division have been buried here since 1976
Ruckmarsch der Raderfahrzeuge in die Heimat durch Albanien
The wheeled elements of the division moved back via Albania
SanAbt 82 beim Verladen in Sibenik
San Abt 82 in Sibenik. They will not be idle for a long time to come ...
As to whether these German losses should be included in the casualties of the Balkan campaign, I would say no. The British had similar losses not directly related directly to campaigns and these are not included in campaign totals, but under a separate ''loss at sea during transportation'' heading.
The above shows the confusion in the sources. If 122 tanks had been lost, as Halder indicates, we would surely have heard a lot more about it. It would also have been the single highest loss of German armour in the entire war.