Formed in February 1941 as a German expeditionary force to support the Italian operations in Libya, the famous Deutsches Afrika Korps-DAK, commanded by Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel, was formed by the 5th Panzer Regiment and some smaller units, then identified as the 5th Leichte Division (which later became the 21st Panzer Division), and then it was joined by the 15th Panzer Division.
The figure represents a low rank officer of an Artillery regiment wearing the typical uniform used in the early stages of the North African campaign as can be seen by the tie (soon abandoned), the insignia on the “feldgrau” continental cloth typical of this uniform, the impractical tropical helmet and high-legged lace-up boots, respectively substituted by a cotton peaked cap (feldmutze) and ankle boots, and more comfortable jodhpur-style trousers or shorts.
Tropical helmet, peaked cap, jacket, trousers, shirt and tie: different shades of sand colour (gelbbraun) more or less ochre, to show the effect due to wear, washes and exposure to the sun.
Boots laced through burnished metal hooks, leather parts of boot in reddish-brown and canvas gaiter parts in light olive green or sand yellow.
Rank tabs background and eagle background: black (still typical of the western front) . Breast eagle emblem embroidered in silver-white thread, like the insigna , edge of the shoulder pads in red piping ( Waffenfarbe for Artillery) later class colour added to the cap with an inverted V-chevron and decorated with a coloured cord silver-white top stitching on the upper edge.
Ranking on shoulder pads (for lieutenant) in silver thread with gold diamond centre.
Metal buttons in opaque olive green.
Canvas belt in sand color, buckle in burnished metal or matt olive green, holster for Luger P08 semi-automatic pistol in black or brown leather.
Mapcase mostly in brown or black leather.
Armband with white-silver borders on olive green background and the word "Afrikakorps" in white-silver.
ZEISS Binoculars 6 x 30 in glossy/ satin finish sand-color or (typical of the western front and widely used) with metal shiny black optics edges and satin finish black grip. Straps mostly in black or brown leather.
Metal badges for the tropical helmet in red, white and black on the right side.Reichsadler matt silver on black on the left side.
Chin strap in brown or black leather.
National cockade in red, white and black on hat.
ZEISS goggles in sand-coloured leather or canvas.
1st Class Iron Cross (Eisernes Kreuz Erste Klasse) in glossy black with silver edges and Assault badge (Infanteriesturmabzeichen) in silver metal.
Sculptor: Paul Deheleanu
Painter: Danilo Cartacci
Historical Note: Federico Scassa