21 April '41: Rommel awarded with the Italian Medal for bravery in silver. Few Panzer III Tropen in the foreground. Rommel's leadership of German and Italian forces in the North African campaign established him as one of the most able commanders of the war, and earned him the appellation of the Desert Fox. He is regarded as one of the most skilled commanders of desert warfare in the conflict.
German ace fighter pilot Major Günther Rall (10.03.1918 - 04.10.2009). He was 3rd among German aces of World War II with 275 confirmed aerial victories (272 of them on the Eastern Front), scored during 621 sorties. Sam Rall was shot down eight times. In the photo he is wearing the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, which he was awarded on 09/Dec/1943, after his 200th aerial victory.
Generalleutnant Walter "Graf Punski" .Krupinski was a Luftwaffe fighter ace of World War II and a senior West German air force officer after the war. He was one of the highest-scoring pilots, credited with 197 victories in 1,100 sorties. He was called by his fellow pilots Graf Punski (Count Punski)
Steinhoff was one of very few Luftwaffe pilots who survived to fly operationally through the whole of the war period 1939–45. He was also one of the highest-scoring pilots with 176 victories, and one of the first to fly the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter in combat as a member of the famous aces squadron Jagdverband 44 led by Adolf Galland.