The Afrika Korps was the only force of the German Army actually fighting the British during the occupation of Hawaii by the Japanese. Footage of their triumphs were screened for the residents in movie theaters all over Oahu during their high-water mark.
Despite their superior equipment and training, the Afrika Korps was eventually overwhelmed and defeated by a combined American and British offensive at El Alamein. This defeat was known to Minoru Genda and other Japanese officers, but kept hidden from the conquered population.
The Afrika Korps was locked in a death struggle with the British Army in North Africa when the Racearrived in mid-1942. Although the Germans were still determined to fight the alien invaders, they were hopelessly outclassed by the Race in the desert environment. With no cover from air attacks, the Afrika Korps was decimated, and by the start of 1943, the corps had been withdrawn from the African continent to Europe. Its members were dispersed throughout Wehrmacht forces defending Germany itself.