By Pier Paolo Battistelli
This e-book explores the reports 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 quit in Tunisia in may perhaps 1943, with a specific specialise in the serious interval of struggle within the Western barren region among 1941 and 1942. lower than the management of 1 of the war's most renowned commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrika Korps grew to incorporate a large variety of armor, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, conversation, offer, clinical and repair parts. the warriors of the Afrika Korps thought of themselves as a part of an elite, a hugely pick out workforce that had no equivalent, not just within the German military, yet within the remainder of the area.
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Leichte-Division (later the 21. Panzer-Division) was sunk en route to Africa and only dressings and first-aid items could be brought in by air. 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.
Com A field kitchen mounted on a truck, which gave it a certain degree of mobility. Given the very mobile kind of warfare fought in the Western Desert, supplies were not always able to keep up with combat units. As a consequence, many combat units experienced problems with food supplies and had to resort to eating combat rations. (Carlo Pecchi collection) porridge oats and other farinaceous food. Until August 1941 there was no butter at all, and later on it would have been available only occasionally, along with other fresh items like fish, vegetables (only dried ones were available), fruit and potatoes.
Fighting took place in western Cyrenaica only for brief periods, dominated in its northern part by the massif of the ‘green mountains’. Between April and November 1941 and May and June 1942 the fighting was concentrated in the area between Gazala in the west and Sollum and Halfaya Pass to the east. The striking difference between western and eastern Cyrenaica is easy to understand if we look at a simple piece of data: in Benghazi to the west there was up to 270mm of rain in a year, but only 160mm farther east in Tobruk.
Afrikakorps Soldier 1941-43 (Warrior) by Pier Paolo Battistelli