Afika Korps is a wargame published by the Avalon Hill game company in 1964 and then re-released in 1965 and 1977. Played on a mapboard depicting the northern coastline of Africa, the game follows the arduous tank battles of Erwin Rommel as he fought the English forces in World War II. Wargaming can be one of number of ways of exploring the effects of warfare without actual combat. ... Avalon Hill was a game company that specialized in wargames and strategic board games. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... // Etymology World map showing Africa (geographically) The name Africa came into Western use through the Romans, who used the name Africa terra â land of the Afri (plural, or Afer singular) â for the northern part of the continent, as the province of Africa with its capital Carthage, corresponding to modern-day... Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (listen â¶(?)) (November 15, 1891 â October 14, 1944) was one of the most distinguished German Field Marshals and commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps in World War II. He is also known by his nickname The Desert Fox (WÃ¼stenfuchs, listen â¶(?)), for the skillful military campaigns he... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atom bomb. ...
The game features the then newly popular hex-based movement system and small carbboard counters.
The AfrikaKorps was formed, on February 19, 1941, after the German Armed Forces High Command (OKW) had decided to send an expeditionary force to Libya to support the Italian army, which had been routed by an Allied counteroffensive, Operation Compass.
On October 1, 1941, the German 5th Light Division was redesignated as the 21st Panzer Division, still attached to the AfrikaKorps.
Strictly speaking the term AfrikaKorps refers only to the corps headquarters and its attached units, though it is commonly used by amateur writers, the news media and veteran Allied soldiers, as a name for all the German units in North Africa before the retreat to Tunisia.
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