Allied turn of December 4th, 1941
In a daring move, the kind of daring move that can win a war, Axis troops landed and paradropped behind the main Commonwealth line in Egypt, taking advantage that no Royal Navy units are even remotely near, except two submarine flotillas. Royal Navy ships might not have stopped the invasions, but they could at least force the Italian fleet to go back home instead of supporting the invasion. British bombers intercepted the invading fleets in two occasions, but need only symbolic damage in the first attempt. A whole panzer corps landed just West of El-Alamein while German paratroopers dropped on the Southern flank of the panzer while Italian marines landed in the Nile Delta and are trying to move into Cairo.
The War Office is attempting to repair this huge mistake and is sending back a Carrier fleet to the Mediterranean (as well as two more corps, one from England, one from Kuwait), hoping it can reach the theater in time. The fact that Malta is still strongly in British hands might help. But for now, all hopes are on the second ANZAC entrenched at El-Alamein. An anti-tank regiment was rushed-in to help. It is not known if the Axis did expect a whole corps to hold this position, yet the forces landed could still be able to push the defenders back, especially with naval shore support. Even more worrisome is the fact that that five Commonwealth corps are for now isolated West of the landing. They normally should be able to link with friendly troops in Eastern Egypt, but only if Axis troops in Libya do not take advantage to pounce on them during the chaotic retreat.
In other news, the ubiquitous Romanians have relieved the Italians in Rhodes.