Rommel's Afrika Korps: El Agheila to El Alamein by George Bradford

By George Bradford

Portrait of this recognized global conflict II unit on the top of its good fortune thoroughly illustrated with photographs, maps, and diagrams--in colour the place to be had within the sands of the Western desolate tract in 1941-42, Erwin Rommel made historical past because the wilderness Fox, waging an excellent and ambitious crusade opposed to the British. starting at El Agheila in March 1941, the Afrika Korps--frequently outnumbered--drove the British progressively east throughout Libya and into Egypt. The German offensive ultimately floor to a halt in a sequence of battles at El Alamein. In striking element, George Bradford depicts what it was once wish to serve and struggle within the Afrika Korps, from its tanks and gear to its battles and everyday life. (20100401)

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I had never seen anything like it in Russia—the huge baths, the marble statues of naked women. ” It is the nature of every soldier in every war to focus overwhelmingly upon his own prospects of life and death, rather than to think much about distant battlefields. The men of the Red Army cared little for the doings of their allies, save that they were thankful for American trucks and canned meat. Among many other commodities, the United States supplied to the Soviet Union 500,000 vehicles, 35,000 radio sets, 380,000 field telephones and a million miles of signal wire.

Hardly a single one of the Soviet soldiers now pouring into eastern Europe had ever before set foot outside his own country. They were fascinated, and sometimes repelled, by a host of novelties. “Russians had a stereotype of Poland as a bourgeois capitalist state hostile to the Soviet Union,” writes a Russian historian. “I can’t say we liked Poland much,” wrote a Russian soldier. “We saw nothing noble there. Everything was bourgeois and commonplace. They looked at us in a very unfriendly way. ” Rus-sian soldiers were ordered to respect Polish property, yet few took heed.

S. Third Army reached the upper Moselle. Huge expanses of territory lay undefended by the Nazis. A few feeble divisions, supported by mere companies of tanks against the Anglo-American armoured legions, manned the enemy’s line. For a few halcyon days, Allied exhilaration and optimism were unbounded. Meanwhile in the east, the Soviet Operation Bagration boasted triumphs to match those of the Americans and British. Indeed, the Russians’ achievement was much greater, since they faced three German divisions for each one deployed in France.

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