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By Pier Paolo Battistelli

Описание (About this book): This publication explores the stories of the German Afrikakorps soldier through the North Africa crusade, from the Korps’ arrival in–theatre in February 1941 to its eventual hand over in Tunisia in may well 1943, with a selected specialize in the serious interval of battle within the Western desolate tract among 1941 and 1942. lower than the management of 1 of the war’s most renowned commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrikakorps grew to incorporate a wide variety of armour, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, communications, offer, clinical and repair components. the warriors of the Afrikakorps 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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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.

In the autumn of 1941 a thorough analysis of the cases of sickness was carried out, concluding that diet was to a greater or lesser extent responsible for it. Legumes and pork (in particular bacon, lard and sausages) affected the already exhausted intestines of the soldiers, who were in large part suffering from dysentery and jaundice. 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.

On 3 July a new attack was started, and Henning’s company moved forward but again the enemy raked it with relentless fire and air attacks and the advance was halted. Bad news soon came; the New Zealanders had overrun Italian troops on the flank of the 90. leichte-Division. A counter-attack was arranged and Henning set out along with his unit. Soon they came under artillery fire again, and Henning could not help closing in with his Kübelwagen to his commander’s vehicle, which made him feel safer.

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