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"To the Führer, the thought of sending German units to North Africa appealed greatly."
If this is not a typo for "appalled", it is outright nonsense.
"The advanced units of the new Afrikakorps comprised the 5th Light and 3rd Panzer Regiments."
What a crap! There never was such a thing as a "Light Panzer Regiment", and of course PzRgt 3 was never in Africa.
"An SdKfz 263 leads an armoured column along the seafront."
Just that the column is driving away from the beholder and the SdKfz is at its tail.
"A Kübelwagen armoured car leads a column."
I'm at a loss for words.
"Behind Rommel is a group of Italian officers."
No Italian far and wide, only four Germans, and they are neither "behind" Rommel nor arranged in a "group".
"This photograph clearly shows the difference between obsolete Italian desert dress and the modern German desert uniforms."
Uh huh ... so obsolete that the famous Sahariana was frequently scrounged by german officers.
"The vehicle is clearly displaying the Afrikakorps palm tree insignia."
Yes, it is. Why mention it anyway? I'm not blind.
"A Schwimmwagen passes through a checkpoint. Behind the car are motorcycles and various other vehicles."
The checkpoint is located near Toulon, as a road sign shows. What is this picture doing in this book? And the second sentence is just pathetic.
"An SdKfz 250 advances along a road."
This well-known picture can be found in the chapter "Attack and Retreat 1942", but it shows Mechili in April 1941.
"A column of PzKpfw IVs obviously near a harbour on the advance."
Another out of place-picture showing German tanks on Rhodos.
The majority of the captions are useless, because they are only hollow commonplaces. Several pictures are titled "Rommel and one of his commanders", as if no one was able to identify Bayerlein, Gause, Hoffmann von Waldau, Kleemann and many others. Place and time are seldom given, and if they are, they are often wrong.
The one thing that can be said in defense of this book is that several of the pictures were indeed new to me, but what they really show remains uncertain in the majority of the cases.
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The captions are generally of no use and often wildly inaccurate.
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