Generalfeldmarschall zur Luftschiff Abteilung
Some quick numbers of what Germany lost during the North Africa campaign:True, but would it have made a difference? The Afrika Korps in June 1941 consisted of two divisions, the 15th Panzer and 5th Light. By Nov 1941 a second Panzer division was added, with a second motorized division joining in early 1942. That's it, four German combat divisions. Meanwhile, per Wikipedia Germany fielded 153 divisions for Barbarossa, which included 104 infantry, 19 panzer and 15 motorized infantry divisions. Though, Italy staying out of the Balkans and Greece might have helped the Germans focus.
202,000 men KIA/POW/MIA
8,000 aircraft lost
2,550 tanks lost
6,200 artillery pieces lost
70,000 trucks lost
240,000,000 tons of shipping lost.
And these were just the German's losses. This doesn't include the surviving assets that were still active and committed in Africa during the opening stages of the Eastern Front.
The numbers listed above would have made a substantial contribution to the opening assault on the Soviet Union.