An exhausted Rommel in a photo said to have been taken shortly before El Alamein, possibly end of June/early July 1942.
The now Generalfeldmarschall was at the gates of Egypt, but like himself, his forces were hanging by a thread. Egypt was, and would remain beyond his grasp.
Despite the best efforts of his devoted orderly, Günther, during the North African campaign Rommel often showed a complete disregard for his health, repeatedly driving himself into a state of near exhaustion. Due to a poor diet he suffered from several ailments, especially of persistent stomach problems due to the long periods he went without food or drink.
According to Günther, Rommel would leave for an entire day in the desert with just a sandwich or a can of sardines and a piece of bread. He wouldn’t drink much either, taking with him only a small canteen filled with cold tea with lemon, a canteen which was often almost full by day’s end.
One of the things the Afrika Korps could not brag about was its diet, deemed too heavy for the desert and lacking fruits and vegetables, it was responsible for a large number of cases of jaundice amongst the troops.
Photo and caption from WW2 Colourised of Facebook.