|German Fallschirmjäger POWs belonging to the Ramke Brigade captured by Australian troops at El Alamein.|
On the whole the Campaign in Africa was fought in a chivalrous manner with respect being shown by both sides and this view has been confirmed by both Allied and Axis troops. An ex-British despatch rider serving in Africa recalls that on several occasions he saw crews escaping from burning tanks from both sides and not once were they shot at while trying to escape. This was in sharp contrast to the war in Eastern Europe where quite the opposite was true.
Some British prisoners who were wounded were sent to hospitals containing German and Italian wounded and on several occasions during arguments between the British and Italians the Germans would side with the British. German prisoners also commented on the fair treatment shown to them by their Allied captors, both British and American and in most cases it was either Britain or America where these prisoners would end up. Allied troops also commented on the fighting prowess of the Afrika Korps whose relatively small size coupled with the supply problems they encountered as well as their generally unreliable allies the Italians achieved astounding victories.
Whatever the Afrika Korps was it was not an army of fanatical Nazis as some films and fictional authors would have us believe, but an army of patriotic soldiers (no more patriotic than any other army at the time) who showed great discipline and courage in the face of the enemy and of a calibre of which any commander would have been honoured to command in battle.
|For them the war is over. Afrika Korps on a road near Enfidaville on 13th May 1943 assemble for surrender to Allied troops. Hitler's expedition in Africa was an unessecery side-show that squandered valuble reserves of manpower and supplies that could have been put to much better use on the Eastern front.|
|An official Army Air Corps (AAC) photograph of Afrika Korps Italian General Apporte being lead away after his capture in North Africa in 1943|
lives in the North Africa campaign...
The Deutsche Afrika Korps remains forever as one of the most excellent army's of the 20st Century. Rommel combines speed with tactical and strategical maneuvers even on retreat. Modern wars like the war in Iraq in 1991 are based on Afrikakorps basic moves.
|Every fair person who loves history should remember thankfully the British/Allies soldiers for freeing Europe but also respect their enemy, German and Italian soldiers, because there they did their duty with real courage and honor.|