Published: 08/06/2023 | Last Updated on 27/06/2023
Captured German Afrika Korps soldiers, December 1941, with a re-captured Matilda in the background.
The Afrika Korps, established in February 1941 and disbanded in May 1943, played a significant role in the North African campaign during World War II. Led by General Erwin Rommel, it comprised various units, including the 15th and 21st Panzer Divisions.
Known for their distinctive tropical uniforms, the Afrika Korps clashed with British and Allied forces in brutal desert battles. The casualties suffered by the Afrika Korps were significant, with estimates of over 37,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action.
The Matilda tank, also known as the Infantry Tank Mark II, was a British tank used in World War II. Armed with a 2-pounder gun and boasting armor thickness up to 78mm, it provided formidable protection and firepower. The Matilda played a vital role in the battles of North Africa, showcasing its resilience and contributing to the success of Allied operations.