Afrika Korps

The Afrika Korps or German Africa Corps (German: Deutsches Afrikakorps, DAK listen ) was the German expeditionary force in Africa during the North African Campaign of World War II. First sent as a holding force to shore up the Italian defense of its African colonies, the formation fought on in Africa, under various appellations, from March 1941 until its surrender in May 1943. The unit's best known commander was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. During its operations Afrika Korps engaged in looting, violence and forced labour of Jewish population.

Deutsches Afrikakorps
Seal of the Afrika Korps
Active21 February 1941 – 13 May 1943
Country Germany
TypeExpeditionary force
RoleDesert warfare
Expeditionary warfare
Garrison/HQTripoli, Italian Libya
Erwin Rommel
Ludwig Crüwell
Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma
Walther Nehring