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North Africa, Nov 1941: Rommel (center) speaks during a staff meeting at an unidentified location. Italian Gen Navarini listens on the left. Rommel was an excellent tactician, who employed his limited forces in ways that multiplied their effect. He was finally defeated because of exactly this paucity of means which bedeviled his entire campaign in Africa.
Two Nazis share a drink in their vehicle in the middle of dusty and arid ground. The Germans used different styles and sizes of canteens, and there were no specific models or colors for any type of unit. Most carried 750ml but a a larger litre model was also made. The canteens consisted of a metal flask, metal or plastic cup, a strap assembly and wool felt cover
General Erwin Rommel looking at a map with Oberst Eduard Crasemann, commander of the 15th Panzer Division and other officers in the Gazala area of North Africa, May 1942. Rommel is in his Schützenpanzer Befehlsfahrzeug Sd.Kfz 250/3 ("Greif"), a light armoured halftrack. The map appears to be a captured or abandoned Allied Army copy, according to some of the notes written on the right hand side - "Mortar - Bn.HQ. - Coy - Bde."
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891-1944), popularly known to both sides as the Desert Fox (Wüstenfuchs), somewhere in North Africa (ca. 1942). Rommel is regarded as having been a humane and professional officer. His Afrikakorps was never accused of war crimes, and captured Allied soldiers were reported to have been treated humanely. In all theaters of his command, he ignored orders to kill captured commandos, Jewish soldiers, and civilians.