The Deutsch-Italienische Panzerarmee was formed on 1 October 1942 by the redesignation of Panzerarmee Afrika. It was defeated at the Second Battle of El Alamein and pushed back to Tunisia by the British offensive. Along with the Organisationsstab Tunesien, the Deutsch-Italienische Panzerarmee formed Heeresgruppe Afrika on 22 February 1943.


General der Kavallerie Georg Stumme (1 Oct 1942 - 24 Oct 1942) (died/heart attack)
General der Panzertruppe Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma (24 Oct 1942 - 25 Oct 1942)
Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel (25 Oct 1942 - 17 Feb 1943)
Generalleutnant Karl Bülowius (17 Feb 1943 - 22 Feb 1943)

Chiefs of Staff

Generalmajor Alfred Gause (1 Oct 1942 - 7 Dec 1942)
Oberst Fritz Bayerlein (7 Dec 1942 - 22 Feb 1943)

Operations Officers (Ia)

Oberst Siegfried Westphal (1 Oct 1942 - 19 Nov 1942)
Oberstleutnant Bogislav von Bonin (19 Nov 1942 - 22 Feb 1943)

Notable members

Erwin Rommel ("The Desert Fox", forced to committ 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 as was the Bundesmarine destroyer D187 Rommel)

In fiction

For easy reference the appearance of the German "African" Corps or higher units in fictional works are collected on the Deutsches Afrikakorps page.

Sources used

François de Lannoy & Josef Charita - Panzertruppen: German armored troops 1935-1945
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - The Panzer Legions: A guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of WWII and Their Commanders
Georg Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht 1933-1945

Reference material on this unit

For easy reference all known reference books on the German "African" Corps or higher units are collected on the Deutsches Afrikakorps page.