By Pier Paolo Battistelli
This e-book explores the studies 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 could 1943, with a specific specialize in the serious interval of struggle within the Western barren region among 1941 and 1942. below the management of 1 of the war's most famed commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrika Korps grew to incorporate a large variety of armor, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, communique, provide, clinical and repair parts. the warriors of the Afrika Korps thought of themselves as a part of an elite, a hugely decide on crew that had no equivalent, not just within the German military, yet within the remainder of the realm.
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As shown here, the typical German tactic envisaged close cooperation between infantry and anti-tank guns; in this case the ‘88’ has been brought forwards, close to the infantry positions (intended to protect it), to get closer to the British tanks and destroy them before they can overrun the infantry. How successful this tactic was is demonstrated by the fact that, during the Sollum battle of June 1941, the guns of I/Flak-Regiment 33 alone destroyed some 80 British tanks. com The forward command post of the Afrikakorps’ headquarters, probably during the ‘winter battle’ of November–December 1941 (also known as Operation Crusader).
After a few weeks of service in North Africa, soldiers were generally found to have suffered from a loss of about ten per cent of their weight. Diet was not the only source of disease however. The wearing of woollen belly bands (waist bands intended to protect the belly), necessary to withstand the harsh extremes of climate during night and day, was not compulsory until later during the campaign, a fact that also contributed to the spread of intestinal diseases. Insects, in particular the plague of flies and mosquitoes, also played their part; other than spreading epidemics, the constant presence of these swarms became a heavy burden for soldiers who had to fight against them constantly, particularly while eating.
Com Purchasing eggs and other foodstuffs from the locals. In general the relationship between Afrikakorps soldiers and the Arabs was good, with the latter providing items otherwise hard to obtain, though mostly at very high prices. (HITM) 33 A field kitchen in the desert, ready to prepare the daily meal for soldiers of an Afrikakorps unit. These kitchens were designed to burn wood, and had to be converted for the use of coal. (HITM) D 34 Indeed, a change would occur only when stocks of British food were captured, which were much-welcome booty.
Afrikakorps Soldier 1941-43 (Warrior) by Pier Paolo Battistelli