- Taschenbuch: 96 Seiten
- Verlag: Osprey Publishing (31. Oktober 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1841769010
- ISBN-13: 978-1841769011
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Rommel's Afrika Korps: Tobruk to El Alamein (Battle Orders, Band 20) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Oktober 2006
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One of many "outstanding coverages in-depth military holdings will welcome." -Bookwatch
"If you have even the remotest interest in the theater of operations at that time, this book is for you. Highly recommended." -Frank De Sisto, missing-lynx.com
"The author does a superlative job of giving us this overview into the operation and tactics of the Afrika Korps during its most successful period of time... Throughout the book there are outstanding unit organizational charts, maps of various battles and superb period photographs. In all, another great book in Osprey's quite popular Battle Orders series and one that I can highly recommend." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com
"This book is a compact guide to the German divisions that saw combat in 1941 and 1942 between Tobruk and El Alamein. It covers the Korps' combat mission; organization; training and doctrine; tactics; weapons and equipment; and command, control, communications, and intelligence; unit status (manpower and equipment numbers and losses), and lessons learned. The addition of excellent photos, maps, and charts, a bibliography, and glossary help make this a tremendous resource, packing much information in its 96 pages." -Thomas R. Kailbourn, Military Trader Magazine
"There is more than enough information within the 96 pages to keep modellers and historians interested, and the pictures have certainly given me plenty to think about regarding some Dioramas. All in all a well thought out and written book which...you will enjoy. Certainly a recommended read." -Keith Forsyth, Armorama (September 2006)
In 1940, a British offensive in the Western Desert provoked a major Italian military disaster. By early February 1941, the whole of Cyrenaica had been lost, and German help became necessary to avoid the loss of the entire of Libya. On 14 February 1941, the first echelons of German troops hurriedly arrived at the port of Tripoli, starting the 27-month German engagement in Northern Africa. This book covers the complex and oft-changing organisation and structure of German forces in North Africa from their first deployment through to the conclusion of the battle of El Alamein, an engagement that irrevocably changed the strategic situation in the Western Desert.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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After brief introductory sections on combat mission and training, the author launches into a 30-page section on unit organization. This section consists primarily of line and block charts of the divisions in the DAK, as well as discussions of their evolutions. Several of the author's points are quite interesting. First, the divisions Germany sent to North Africa in 1941 were not elite formations, but rather ad hoc units just formed or put together from odds and ends; there was no standard organization for these units. Second, the requirements of desert warfare meant that the DAK had a much larger motorized component than a typical corps fighting on the Eastern Front. Unlike operations in Europe, the DAK could not use horses for logistics and foot infantry was near useless. Third, the DAK organized its infantry battalions with a much higher proportion of anti-tank weapons and heavy weapons than used in Europe. Some sub-units, like the motorcycle battalions (which performed superbly in the USSR in 1941) proved poorly suited for African conditions and were disbanded. Similarly, the divisional reconnaissance battalions proved far too weak for combat in North Africa and were significantly strengthened with other attachments.
The next 18 page section on tactics is supported by 10 maps (Ras el Mdauuar 30 April 1941; Sidi Rezegh 22 November 1941; Belhamed 1 December 1941; Benghazi 29 January 1942; flank march at Gazala 26 May 1942; El Mreir 21 June 1942; Alam Halfa 30 August 1942; 21st Panzer Division crossing the minefields 30 August 1942; 21st Panzer Division's defense of Deirel Taffa 30 August 1942; 15 Panzer Division at El Alamein 2 November 1942) and discusses the evolution of the DAK's tactical doctrine. While some of the maps are a bit complicated, they are well done and often display units done to battalion or brigade level. This section is fairly interesting and demonstrates that the DAK was capable of painful setbacks as well as great victories. The 13-page section on weapons and equipment focuses on tanks, infantry weapons, AT/AA guns and other vehicles used by the Afrika Korps. Unfortunately, this section is the most disappointing since there is no real discussion of artillery or engineer equipment, although they clearly played a major role at Gazala and El Alamein. The section on C3I is good, noting Rommel's dependence on SIGINT in 1941. The final sections on unit status lists armor strengths at various times.
This volume gives a good overview with some keen insight into particular aspects of the DAK, but it omits some important areas such as artillery, engineers, reconnaissance troops and supply troops. If just one of the many line and block charts had been deleted, there would have been space to discuss combat support units. Keeping in mind that the BO series has yet to produce a volume on Second World War German panzer divisions, the lack of regimental or battalion organization information is disappointing. Readers who are not familiar with German military terminology will find this book non-user friendly, since the author is a purist who prefers to use "Abteilung" to "battalion", "leichte" to "light", "nachricht" to "signal", "sanitats" to "medical", etc. In sum, this book is a handy reference tool for the military specialist or researcher, although it is far from comprehensive.