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General Erwin Rommel speaking with his Italian allies. In the middle is Sonderführer Dr. Ernst Franz, Rommel's interpreter. Franz recalls how, after an elite Bersaglieri position was overrun, their commander tearfully pleaded with Rommel: “Believe me, my men are not cowards.” And Rommel replied, “Who said anything about cowards? It’s your superiors in Rome who are to blame!

General Erwin Rommel speaking with his Italian allies. In the middle is Sonderführer Dr. Ernst Franz, Rommel's interpreter. Franz recalls how, after an elite Bersaglieri position was overrun, their commander tearfully pleaded with Rommel: “Believe me, my men are not cowards.” And Rommel replied, “Who said anything about cowards? It’s your superiors in Rome who are to blame!

Tobruk, Libya. 1941. An Australian Intelligence Officer chatting with German PoWs all of the Afrika Korps, in the P.O.W. cage near El Adem Airfield.

Tobruk, Libya. 1941. An Australian Intelligence Officer chatting with German PoWs all of the Afrika Korps, in the P.O.W. cage near El Adem Airfield.

Hellmut von Leipzig in North Africa when he served as Rommel's driver. When the Afrikakorps were forced out of North Africa, von Leipzig went to officer training school in Plattenburg. In 1944 he was fighting with the Brandenburg Division on the Eastern front. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 28th April 1945.

Hellmut von Leipzig in North Africa when he served as Rommel's driver. When the Afrikakorps were forced out of North Africa, von Leipzig went to officer training school in Plattenburg. In 1944 he was fighting with the Brandenburg Division on the Eastern front. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 28th April 1945.

Northern France, June 21, 1944: Panzer driver with injured left hand holding the map and army lieutenant determine direction at an unidentified location. By late June 1944, the Allied forces fanning out from Normandy were being deployed on a broad-front mass attack on German forces in France.

Northern France, June 21, 1944: Panzer driver with injured left hand holding the map and army lieutenant determine direction at an unidentified location. By late June 1944, the Allied forces fanning out from Normandy were being deployed on a broad-front mass attack on German forces in France.

German soldiers of the Afrika Korps man a flak cannon to ensure a strong defense of their position from British airplanes. Tunisia, 1942.

German soldiers of the Afrika Korps man a flak cannon to ensure a strong defense of their position from British airplanes. Tunisia, 1942.

Two German Afrikakorps soldiers rest in their vehicle while an officer attempts to coordinate his unit's movements in North Africa, March/Ap...

Two German Afrikakorps soldiers rest in their vehicle while an officer attempts to coordinate his unit's movements in North Africa, March/Ap...