Besides the two sunk German transports for the record, a few points can be summed up: 1) Coordination between German and Italian troops was poor due to sour diplomatic relation. 2) Going to Soviet Union is easier from sea route and rail than on ground land: in this case, sailing to Italy and on rail to the SU. 3) British had enough intelligence about Axis shipping in the Med. to conduct mine-laying ahead of time. 4) Italian did not attack or coordinate attacks on their own despite they were aware British had been mine laying.