Afrikakorps Soldier 1941-43 (Warrior) by Pier Paolo Battistelli

By Pier Paolo Battistelli

This booklet explores the stories of the German Afrika Korps soldier through the North Africa crusade, from the Korps' arrival within the North African theater in February 1941 to its eventual give up in Tunisia in may well 1943, with a specific specialize in the serious interval of war within the Western desolate tract among 1941 and 1942. below the management of 1 of the war's most renowned commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrika Korps grew to incorporate a large diversity of armor, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, verbal exchange, provide, scientific and repair parts. the warriors of the Afrika Korps thought of themselves as a part of an elite, a hugely opt for staff that had no equivalent, not just within the German military, yet within the remainder of the realm.

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They had been part of something, and it was a part of their lives that would not be forgotten. Soon after the end of the war, veterans’ associations were formed, and those who had been part of the Afrikakorps joined together once more to remember their experiences and to help and support each other. In 1950 the first peacetime issues of the magazine Die Oase (The Oasis) would appear, already published in wartime as a kind of ‘official’ magazine for the Afrikakorps. It was now the official magazine of the Verband Deutsches Afrikakorps (DAK association) and of the Rommel Sozialwerk (Rommel’s social work) veterans’ organizations, which encompassed all Afrikakorps H 58 THE AFRIKAKORPS’ LAST STAND, TUNISIA, 1943 Following the defeat at El Alamein and the creation of the Tunisian bridgehead in November 1942 the last phase of the war in North Africa began.

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.

For the men of the Afrikakorps there was hardly any protection against the relentless African sun other than the shade provided by vehicles or tarpaulins, like the one wrapped around the cabin of this vehicle. (Carlo Pecchi collection) 31 ABOVE A young Leutnant observes the enemy with the aid of a scissors telescope. This propaganda photo, evidently staged, gives a good idea of the kind of terrain the soldiers of the Afrikakorps fought in. (Signal) ABOVE RIGHT Taking shelter from a sandstorm was not easy, especially if there were no vehicles or terrain features in the area.

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