Saturday, June 7, 2014

Alfred Gause Posed for Rommel

Generalmajor Alfred Gause (Chef des Generalstabes Panzergruppe "Afrika") posed in the flowery grass of North Africa and sporting his Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes which he received in 13 December 1941. Photo taken by his commander, General der Panzertruppe Erwin Rommel (Kommandierender General Panzergruppe "Afrika") during his Campaign in North Africa, winter 1941/1942. Gause was initially sent to Africa with a large staff by Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH), the German Army High Command, to act as a liaison officer with the Italian High Command, Comando Supremo. Gause had specific instructions not to place himself under the command of Erwin Rommel, but did so when Rommel told him categorically that the command of all troops in Africa were vested in him. This was not correct, but Gause acceded to Rommel's authority, and served as his Chief of Staff. He proved invaluable to the famous desert commander, who was well known to direct his forces from the front and who frequently would lose touch with his command staff during operations. Gause spent two and a half years serving Rommel in the Afrika Korps. Though initially sent by OKH to keep an eye on the independent commander, they soon developed an excellent working relationship


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