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“German mechanized troops rest at Stariza, Russia on November 21, 1941, only just evacuated by the Russians, before continuing the fight for Kiev. The gutted buildings in the background testify to the thoroughness of the Russians "scorched earth” policy.“

(AP)

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German forces in Tunisia, as the Afrikakorps falls back through North Africa in late 1942/early 1943. Riding in the Sd.Kfz. 251 is Generaloberst von Arnim, who would eventually take command of Axis forces in the region once Rommel was reassigned.

(Bundesarchiv)

A crewmember of an Sd.Kfz. 221 gets a better view by perching atop his vehicle during the Battle of Gazala. In the month long series of engagements, Rommel ran circles around his British opponents, and finally captured the city of Tobruk that had evaded him for the past year, doing so with minimal causalities despite being solidly outnumbered. The British forces were put to flight, and Rommel would pursue them into Egypt until being stalled at El Alamein.

(Bundesarchiv)

An Sd.Kfz. 10 of the 21st Panzer Division, formerly the 5th (Light) Division. Officially speaking, the Deutsches Afrikakorps was only composed of the 20th né 5th Division and the 15th Panzer Division, which were the original two units sent to North Africa. In August, Rommel’s command was expanded to include 6 Italian divisions, as well as the German 90th (Light) Division which was sent to North Africa. The new formation was formally known as the Panzergruppe Afrika, of which the DAK was only a part. Despite this, Afrikakorps continued to be used as a conventional name for the entire formation, especially by the Allies.

(Bundesarchiv)