By Gordon Williamson
Osprey's research of the German Afrikakorps of worldwide struggle II (1939-1945). The crusade in North Africa among September 1940 and will 1943 holds not just a permanent fascination for postwar generations; but in addition a might be precise measure of nostalgia for a few surviving members. The crusade was once no less expensive by way of human lives and fabric than many others; yet remorse on the expense is observed by means of optimistic stories within the minds of many veterans. this isn't to indicate that the useless were forgotten; yet a nearly mystical bond however exists, even among former enemies, among veterans of the wasteland crusade. Gordon Williamson examines the background, company and uniforms of Rommel's Afrikakorps.
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With German bridgeheads on both the Dvina and the Dnieper, Stalin now began to give serious thought to the creation of further defensive lines to protect Moscow (the Vyazma and Mozhaisk lines were constructed, but consisted mainly of field works). Army Group South Colonel-General Kirponos continued to defy the Germans. qxd:FOR 077 LAYOUTS 29/5/08 16:03 Page 51 longer tenable, he oversaw an organized retreat to a line broadly along the old Polish–Soviet border. He now ordered his units to take up positions in the Stalin Line by 9 July.
F. Kuznetsov to ‘do nothing, and do not provoke the Germans’. Yet in spite of all the handicaps and the lack of leadership, there were a number of instances where units manning the defences put up determined resistance. For example, 1st Panzer Division was involved in a number of hardfought skirmishes on 22 June. This was especially true of the fighting around Tauroggen and the fighting for the River Jura, where the lead elements of the division had to negotiate minefields and overcome pillboxes protected by barbed wire.
This is a ‘B’ type shelter and is fitted with a Voenno-Stroitelnoe Upravlenie (VSU) armoured cupola with two MGs. The position was commanded by Lt Yakunin; in the fighting in July 1941 he was killed along with the rest of his men. (A. Kainaryan) BELOW RIGHT An armoured cupola fitted to an artillery half-caponier bunker in the Przemysl Fortified Region. Many of these were stripped from Polish forts seized by the Soviets in 1939. The turrets were set into larger holes and then concreted into place as can be seen here.
Afrikakorps 1941-43 (Elite) by Gordon Williamson