Friday, January 27, 2017

THE END OF THE AFRIKA KORPS

Between 1941 and 1943 there were a total of 260,000 German troops in North Africa. Of this number 18,594 were killed and 3,400 posted as missing. The rest who did not make it out of Africa in 1943 mostly ended up as PoWs taken either by the British and Commonwealth troops or the Americans. The treatment of prisoners by both sides was on the whole very good. There were isolated incidents of shooting prisoners on both sides but these were very few and far between and captured prisoners on both sides who required medical attention were given the best treatment as the situation permitted. Many British and commonwealth prisoners were surprised at fair treatment they received from the Afrika Korps when captured. The same can be said for the the German prisoners.


German Fallschirmjäger POWs belonging to the Ramke Brigade captured by Australian troops at El Alamein.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Manfred Rommel - Very sad news today...

The former mayor of Stuttgart, Manfred Rommel the son of Erwin Rommel, has died today, 07 November 2013, at the age of 84 in is hometown Stuttgart, Germany. Was born in 24 December 1928. RIP



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

AFRIKA KORPS DOCUMENTS




Two german Postacards: 1) Rommel & axis emblems 2) Iron cross 2nd class - Thanks to Alessandro Vecchio

Monday, June 10, 2013

HELMUTH ORSCHIEDT 2013

Mr. Helmuth Orschiedt, an Afrikakorps veteran, that take part on the North African theatre from 1941 to 1943. He send me a picture taken in May 2013. Mr. Helmuth Orschiedt born May 9, 1923 and turn is 90 anniversary.


"Taken on 9th May 2013 - 68 years after the war ended. In 1945 I was 22 years old and glad I had survived"

Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Catch That Tiger"


The Tank Museum presents two letters that question the veracity of claims made in Botham and Montague’s 2012 title "Catch That Tiger"...

Tiger 131 from the The Tank Museum in England