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Article on the German Afrika Korps Medal

(CS350) A German/Italian Afrika Medal being the early brass type. The award is complete with its original ribbon that has an ink stain to it as can be seen. This also has a pin fixing sewn to it. The award has the maker's name to the lefthand side of the crocodile's foot and designer's to the base. Nice and scarce to find. GBP 125.00 (UK Pounds)

(CS396) A Nice Early Issue Italian made Afrika Corps Medal given by the Italians to the German counterparts in the Afrika Corps. This example a very nice bronze striking. Complete with only a tiny piece of ribbon that was glued together. The award was banned in 1944 when Italy defected to the allied cause. It is interesting to know the award in the 57 version was re-instituted.
GBP 125.00 (UK Pounds)

(MC33) A Nice example of the Italian given German Afrika Corps Medal. The medal is the maker marked LORIOLI MILANO type which is over the left foot of the crocodile. To the base, it has the designer's name and the poor English crocodile is being wrestled by Italy and Germany. The award comes with its original sewn up but grubby ribbon This was part of a group picked up by someone who was obviously in charge of de-nazification or had light fingers! GBP 110.00 (UK Pounds)

(MC705) An Italian Medal as issued to the German Afrika Corps in commemoration for the heroic acts performed by the German Afrika Corps, with the help of the Italians against the British aggressors. The design shows two armoured knights wrestling with the English crocodile to one side. This side also shows the maker and designer's name. To the other side, you have the swastika, fasces and German and Italian writing saying this is the Italian German honour award for Africa. In good condition, the medal is complete with original ribbon that has been sewn fo wear. GBP 110.00 (UK Pounds)

(P411) A German/Italian Afrika Corps Medal being of nice quality and construction and with its original ribbon and safety catch fitted to it. The award is a designer marked and maker marked example of nice quality metal. Given by the Italians by the Germans, the award was actually banned in Germany in 1944.
GBP 135.00 (UK Pounds)


Following Mussolini's declaration of war in June 1940, initially Italy faced only those British troops based in the Middle East but as the armed confrontation in the Western Desert of North Africa escalated, other nations were drawn in Germany, Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, France and finally the United States to wage the first major tank- versus-tank battles of the Second World War. First tracing the history of the very early beginnings of civilisation in North Africa, and on through the period of Italian colonisation, Jean Paul Pallud begins his account when the initial shots were fired at the 11th Hussars as they approached Italian outposts near Sidi Omar in Libya. It proved to be the opening move of a campaign which was to last for three years. When the Afrikakorps led by Rommel joined the battle in February 1941, the Germans soon gained the upper hand and recovered the whole of Cyrenaica, minus Tobruk, in the summer. The campaign then swung back and forth across the desert for another year until Rommel finally captured Tobruk in June 1942 and then moved eastwards into Egypt. With British fortunes at their lowest ebb, changes in command led to Montgomery launching his offensive at El Alamein the following November. This began the advance of the Eighth Army over a thousand miles to Tunisia, resulting in the final round-up of the German and Italian forces in May 1943. Jean Paul and his camera retraced the route just prior to the recent civil war in Libya and the uprising in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011, so he was fortunate to capture the locations before yet another war left its trail of death and destruction. Although the campaign in 1940-43 was dominated largely by armour, nevertheless the Allies lost over 250,000 men killed, wounded, missing and captured and the Axis 620,000. Those that never came home lie in cemeteries scattered across the barren landscape of a battlefield that has changed little in over 70 years To purchase your copy please click on the link (Picture) to the left

Product Code: 22159 GBP 44.95.00 (UK Pounds)

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