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German Afrika Korps

War Park 2024-05-22 12:08

Truthfully, Germany was originally not interested in Africa. This pose as a questionable objective for Germany with respect to the ports. The German border does not have any access to any Mediterranean defense line, and the German navy could not break through the British-controlled Straits of Gibraltar, even if it wanted to access any ports along the southern coastline of France. No matter how powerful the German armored forces were, it was impossible for the fleet to cross the Mediterranean and control the sea corridor to Africa, Germany was basically indifferent to North Africa.

However, with the failure of the Italian invasion of North Africa in late 1940 and early 1941, and the heavy losses from the British counterattack, Germany had to focus on the Mediterranean and North Africa. If Italy was completely defeated in North Africa and driven into the sea by the British, the Royal Navy's Mediterranean Fleet would have freed up its resources, and the British forces in North Africa could now enter southern Europe. This was in consideration that Italy had already been defeated in Greece at the same time, and the British Expeditionary Forces had already entered Greece. Germany had to send troops to the Balkans and even to North Africa to help stabilize the situation for the Italians.

As a result, the German Afrika Korps was established on 12 February 1941 under the command of Field Marshal Rommel, initially consisting of only the 5th Panzer Regiment and many smaller units. These units formed the 5th Light Armoured Division when they arrived in Africa in February. The XV Light Panzer Division joined the V Light Panzer Division in the spring, even though they arrived only during Rommel's counterattack that recaptured most of Cyrenaica, and turned to defense. At this time the Afrika Korps consisted of two divisions and several support units attached to Italy's original 21st Panzer Division, the 5th Light Division, and a small number of 15th Panzer Division troops, totaling about 10,000 men. Later, it was supplemented, and for a longer period of time, the 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions were organized as the "Afrika Korps," and the 90th Light Division and the "Afrika Korps" and the Italian forces were organized as the German Afrika Korps, with a total number of 30,000 to 40,000.

This month War Park brings a new series - the German Afrika Korps series: Panzer III + Tank Commander

At present, there are only two tank crew but there will be other product releases in the future.

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