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By Pier Paolo Battistelli

Описание (About this book): This booklet explores the studies of the German Afrikakorps soldier through the North Africa crusade, from the Korps’ arrival in–theatre in February 1941 to its eventual give up in Tunisia in may well 1943, with a specific specialize in the serious interval of conflict within the Western barren region among 1941 and 1942. lower than the management of 1 of the war’s most famed commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrikakorps grew to incorporate a large variety of armour, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, communications, provide, scientific and repair parts. the warriors of the Afrikakorps thought of themselves as a part of an elite, a hugely choose staff that had no equivalent, not just within the German military, yet within the remainder of the area.

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Even though the Afrikakorps ceased to exist with the final surrender in Tunisia, its history had just begun. Both the name of this formidable fighting corps and of its legendary commander had earned notoriety and respect amongst their enemies. American General Omar Bradley considered them the best fighters he ever met during the war and described them as ‘young men, early twenties, seasoned veterans… good physical condition. Never knew they were beaten’. According to some reports these men were still being captured in Tunisia as late as August 1943, when they eventually surrendered themselves after they had refused to give in until running completely out of food.

After some initial attacks, on 30 April a new offensive was launched in the area of Ras el Mdauuar. The result was a near disaster, and resulted in some appalling experiences. After a march of 1,500km, of which 600km were across the desert, the German units were tired, and in some cases (such as within the motorcycle battalion) still dealing with unsuitable equipment. Rommel gave his first verbal orders to attack on 25 April, only to face criticism and F 46 MACHINE-GUN POSITION, EL ALAMEIN, OCTOBER 1942 The most effective defence position in the desert was the simple dugout – a pit in the ground protected at the front by some rocks.

Such a style of command, although not without ill effects, would soon give Rommel a high status amongst the men of the Afrikakorps, making him extremely popular amongst his soldiers and setting an example they would follow. His vitality, along with his spartan habits (such as eating enlisted men’s rations), led to his frequent inspections and his attention to details being seen by the troops not as an unnecessary intrusion, but rather as a sign of his care for them. Thus, while he could be a nightmare for officers, he was also ‘very popular with young soldiers and NCOs, with whom he cracked many a joke’ according to Mellenthin.

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