BTW Rommel was awarded his Field Marshal Baton just before his argument with Kesselring. I just flicked through the First El Alamein battle 1st/2nd july and was struck by the lack of Luftwaffe activity. The Desert Airforce seems to have had the upper hand, bombing at will, with little interference from "lone" Lufftwaffe fighters. The sacking of Richie (who would have taken a more disastrous mega-stand at Mersah Matruh), removal of the British immobile forces behind El Alamein and Aukinlech's use of the Grant's 75mm capability (a surprise for the German's to face a tank wil a range almost as long as their Panzer IV), coupled with the Auk line of anti-tank guns in the centre spoilt Rommel's only chance of a breakthrough. But back to the Luftwaffe, why did not they put in a better perfomance? Were they\Kesselring sulking?