Sunday, September 3, 2017

Help to identify some of the signatures in this card

This is a arequest from John Barber:

My father Laurie Barber fought against the Afrika Korp  in Operation Crusader with the 18th Battalion 2nd NZEF and also on Crete against the fallschirmjager.He visited Germany as a guest of the German Paratroopers Assn in 1963, prior to that he was invited to the Afrika Korps Reunion in 1962, unfortunately he could not attend both.

So for not attending the Afrika Korp reunion, my father was sent a post card from the reunion, with Frau Rommels signature on the front and on the back signatures of some of those Afrika Korp members who attended.Can you maybe post the attached pictures to your site and see if people can identify some of the signatures please
regards John Barber

Friday, January 27, 2017


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.