MARCH AND FIGHT OF THE GERMAN AFRICA CORPS IN 1941

 

Drawing by Kurt Caesar

On December 9th 1940 British unleashed their major offensive against Sidi el Barani, hoping to take the entire Italian and North African coast in their possession. Italy lost Cyrenaica. But the very first days of February 1941 brought a big surprise: the British stopped their offensive in the Agedabia. The vast extension of the supply routes of 1000 km long forced them to take a respite to organize the subsequent advance to Tripoli. This undeniable initial success was extensively exploited for propaganda purposes. The world held its breath. In that critical days, the first units of the German Africa Corps landed in Tripoli. Behind the scenes a tough and grim battle for the replenishment had begun. Which of the two opponents will be able to strike decisive blow first? The leadership of the DAK was entrusted to a young general who was a tactical Instructor at a well-known German military school before the war...

General Field Marshal Rommel

 

General - Lieutenant Cruwell

 

Colonel i.g. Bayerlein, Chief of the DAK HQ

 

Major-General Neumann Sylkow

 

Major-General von Ravenstein

 

Major-General Sommermann

 

“... Where we can beat England, England will be beaten" Fuhrer on January 30, 1941

 

Map of the Western Mediterranean

 

Map of the Eastern Mediterranean

 

Italian tanks in Tripoli Harbor

 

English tanks and infantry in attack

 

Uaddan Tower and Hotel in Tripoli

 

View of the Tripoli Harbor

 

Lieutenant Colonel Graf von Klinkowström, Chief of the DAK Transportation

 

Italian-German convoy traveling

 

Air battle of Caproni Ghibli with 6 Spitfires

 

Savoia torpedo planes attacks an enemy convoy

 

View of the Great Mosque of Homs

 

Albergo Sirte

 

General view of Sirte

 

Motorcade in the sand near En-Nofilia

 

Camels in the desert in Sirte

 

PAK thwarts British attempt to break through

 

Center of settlement with the Empire fountain of En-Nofilia

 

Desert fort at En-Nofilia

 

Native settlement at En-Nofilia

 

The Via Balbia between Bivio En-Nofilia and Marble Arch

 

Marble Arch on the border of Tripoli and Cyrenaica

 

German tanks in El-Agheila

 

View of Agedabia from the west

 

The military cemetery of Agedabia

 

The battlefield in 18 km from Agedabia

 

Tanks advancing in Cyrenaica

 

View of Ghemines from Via Balbia

 

The Fieseler Storch of General Rommel passes above the German column in desert

 

Marabout Islamic School in Solluch

 

The destroyed narrow gauge railway station in Solluch

 

Destroyed waterworks in Solluch

 

Desert fort seen from the south of El Mechili

 

Signpost at El Mechili

 

Inner courtyard of El Mechili desert fort

 

West side of El Mechili desert fort

 

General view of the El Mechili desert fort

 

Desert fort Pessana, view from Via Balbia

 

Desert fort Sidi El Magrun with English tank sunk in sand on the foreground

 

Desert fort at El-Guarscia

 

City of Benghazi, Official buildings

 

El-Abiar

 

Ancient mausoleum at Ptolemaida

 

The Valley of Caves in the North Cyrenaica

 

Military Cemetery at Derna

 

"White House" in Tobruk

 

Mark II attacks Italian positions

 

Italian anti-tank crew preparing to fight approaching enemy

 

Stukas attack enemy motorized forces

 

Bardia

 

English tank attacks at Segnali

 

Tanks of Italian "Arierte" division in attack

 

Change of position of a heavy flak on a battlefield in Cyrenaica

 

Heavy machine-gun position in Cyrenaica

 

Night battle in the desert

 

Italian infantry waiting for the enemy infantry

 

Transport airplanes Ju-52

 

The bullet-riddled Church of Bardia

 

The coast at Bardia

 

The so-called “Bath Bay” of Bardia

 

Flak and vehicles on the steep shore near Bardia

 

Fort Capuzzo after battles of the summer 1941

 

Mark II near Capuzzo

 

First houses of Upper Sollum

 

Panzer III breaks through

 

Italy infantry in counterattack

 

Enemy is coming!

 

German fighter attacks Spitfire

 

Broken English attack on the Halfaya Pass

 

View from the Serpentine Upper Sollum to the Gulf and the Harbor

 

Low Sollum

 

The Ice Factory near Sollum

 

View of Halfaya Pass

 

Wrecks of a British attack between Halfaya Pass and barbed wire

 

Heavy armored reconnaissance vehicle at Sidi Suleiman

 

German reconnaissance at Sidi Suleiman

 

One of the characteristic "Uadi"

 

Outpost "Cirener"

 

Italian - German positions in the Egyptian desert wasteland

 

Italy fighter plane in the low-level attack

 

Antitank crew position at outpost “Cova"

 

Field kitchen at a front outpost

 

Landser makes yourself comfortable

 

Slopes and barbed wire at Sidi Omar

 

German tanks run over enemy battery position

 

German tanks destroy Indian artillery at Sidi Omar

 

Battle of two scorpions