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CommandersGeneralfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel (22 Feb 1943 - 9 Mar 1943)
Generaloberst Hans-Jürgen von Arnim (9 Mar 1943 - 12 May 1943) (POW) (1)
Chiefs of StaffOberst Fritz Bayerlein (22 Feb 1943 - 1 Mar 1943)
Generalleutnant Alfred Gause (1 Mar 1943 - 7 May 1943)
Operations Officers (Ia)Oberstleutnant Bogislav von Bonin (22 Feb 1943 - 1 Mar 1943)
Oberst Heinz Pomtow (1 Mar 1943 - May 1943)
Order of battle (Feb 1943 - May 1943)5. Panzer-Armee
1. italienische Armee
Notable membersErwin Rommel ("The Desert Fox", forced to commit suicide to avoid trial for involvement in the resistance against Hitler, the Bundeswehr barracks Generalfeldmarschall Rommel-Kaserne in Augustdorf was named in his honour 1961 and the Rommel-Kaserne in Dornstadt/Ulm in 1965)
In fictionFor easy reference the appearance of the German "African" Corps or higher units in fictional works are collected on the Deutsches Afrikakorps page.
General der Panzertruppe Gustav von Vaerst and Generaloberst Hans-Jürgen von Arnim in May 1943
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Footnotes1. Generaloberst Hans-Jürgen von Arnim was the second highest ranking German to be taken prisoner until the surrender in 1945.
Sources usedResearch by Shawn Bohannon
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945
Reference material on this unitFor easy reference all known reference books on the German "African" Corps or higher units are collected on the Deutsches Afrikakorps page.
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