By Pier Paolo Battistelli
This publication explores the stories of the German Afrika Korps soldier in the course of the North Africa crusade, from the Korps' arrival within the North African theater in February 1941 to its eventual give up in Tunisia in could 1943, with a selected specialise in the serious interval of conflict within the Western desolate tract among 1941 and 1942. less than the management of 1 of the war's most famed commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrika Korps grew to incorporate a large diversity of armor, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, verbal exchange, provide, clinical and repair components. the warriors of the Afrika Korps thought of themselves as a part of an elite, a hugely opt for team that had no equivalent, not just within the German military, yet within the remainder of the realm.
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Extra info for Afrikakorps Soldier 1941-43 (Warrior)
In the 21. Panzer-Division periods of leave were granted again on 20 September 1942, after prohibition had been enforced on 20 May, but only those who had served for more than a year in North Africa were granted a period of leave back to Germany. Limited transport facilities were available, so personnel were brought back by air with the sick and the wounded being granted priority. This heavily curtailed the number of those who could actually spend their leave as intended. Drinkable water was another major issue in North Africa; washing was permitted using non-drinkable water only, which was itself scarce and all too often it was salty sea water.
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.
It was only following the arrival of the 15. Panzer-Division that a complete dressing station with ambulances and a field hospital was available. The 90. leichte-Division would arrive later, itself lacking any medical unit at all. During the Tobruk siege, Italians also had to be provided with medical assistance. Shuffling available units amongst the division could provide only an ad hoc, and at times inadequate, solution. The overall situation would improve in early 1942, thanks largely to acquired experience and an improved supply situation.
Afrikakorps Soldier 1941-43 (Warrior) by Pier Paolo Battistelli