Das Afrika Korps: Erwin Rommel and the Germans in Africa, 1941-43

Overview

In his latest account of German soldiers in combat in World War II, Franz Kurowski journeys into the desert with the Afrika Korps, graphically depicting what it was like to sweat beneath the African sun, to taste the gritty sand, to serve under a brilliant commander like Erwin Rommel. From 1941 to 1943, this fighting force waged an impressive campaign that turned Rommel into the Desert Fox and secured the Afrika Korps a legendary place in military history.
The Afrika Korps ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (25) from $5.47   
  • New (11) from $5.79   
  • Used (14) from $5.47   
Sending request ...

Overview

In his latest account of German soldiers in combat in World War II, Franz Kurowski journeys into the desert with the Afrika Korps, graphically depicting what it was like to sweat beneath the African sun, to taste the gritty sand, to serve under a brilliant commander like Erwin Rommel. From 1941 to 1943, this fighting force waged an impressive campaign that turned Rommel into the Desert Fox and secured the Afrika Korps a legendary place in military history.
The Afrika Korps deployed to Africa as Germany's Italian allies teetered on the brink of collapse in early 1941. With high spirit and aggressive courage, the Afrika Korps roared into action and battled the British back and forth across the Western Desert--at places like El Agheila, Gazala, Tobruk, and El Alamein--for much of the next two years. The campaign then shifted into Tunisia, where the British onslaught combined with the arrival of the Americans and growing supply difficulties to force the Afrika Korps to surrender in May 1943.
Kurowski's narrative focuses on the men who did the fighting, who endured not only enemy attacks but also the extremes of the desert climate, who experienced moments of sheer terror as well as occasions of humor, who saw war's savagery and its surprising, if brief, civility, and who counted themselves proud to be members of Germany's Afrika Korps.

FRANZ KUROWSKI, who served as a journalist with the German Army in World War II, has written numerous books about the war. His other works include Jump into Hell, Panzer Aces, Panzers Aces II, Panzer Aces III, Panzergrenadier Aces, Infantry Aces, Luftwaffe Aces, and The Brandenburger Commandos.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811705912
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Franz Kurowski served as a reporter in the German Army during World War II and has since written over one hundred books. He lives in Germany.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Afrika Korps 1

Chapter 2 The Way to Tobruk 14

Chapter 3 Battle at Sollum 62

Chapter 4 The Luftwaffe in Africa 76

Chapter 5 Logistical Problems of the Deutsches Afrika Korps 92

Chapter 6 The Great Winter Battle 96

Chapter 7 Between Two Offensives 125

Chapter 8 The Path to Tobruk and El Alamein 129

Chapter 9 Eagles over the Desert 178

Chapter 10 From El Alamein to the Mareth Position 191

Chapter 11 Operation "Torch": The Landings in Northwest Africa 200

Chapter 12 The Retreat of Panzer-Armee Afrika 212

Chapter 13 The End in Africa 228

Appendices 233

Select Bibliography 247

Index 249

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)