Aufklärungsgruppe Afrika

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Aufklärungsgruppe Afrika

Formed about April 1942 (ex-Koluft Afrika/Koluft Libyen), probably at Benghazi where it was attached to Rommel’s Panzer Army Afrika (Panzerarmee-Oberkommando Afrika) as a Stab to control tactical reconnaissance in North Africa. Consisting of a Stab and Stabskompanie, it accompanied Rommel’s headquarters back and forth across North Africa from spring 1942 to spring 1943. In October 1942 it was located at Bir el Abd, to the west of the El Alamein positions in western Egypt, where the Stabskp. reported a total of 4 WIA during low-level strafing attacks by Allied aircraft on 12 and 20 October. Disbanded around March/April 1943 following the German withdrawal into Tunisia.[1]

FpN:Aufkl.Gr.Afrika (L 44019).


Maj. Hans von Osterhausen (  ? - 27 Mar 43) 7/42

Also see:

SCHWAB, Heinrich, Hptm.

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2022)


  1. G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, 16+ Bde., Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-77 Luftwaffenpersonalamt assignment orders); AFHRA Montgomery: decimal 512 Air Ministry Weekly Intelligence Summary No.181, 20 Feb 1943; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs).

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