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~Read Book ♫ Rommel As Military Commander ♂ As the Nazis wreaked havoc on Europe in the early s, the war in Northern Africa seemed relatively insignificant Yet a series of surprising victories by the Afrika Korps forced Winston Churchill to refocus his attention Out of the desert, one of the war s most brilliant commanders was blooming Commander Erwin Johannes Eugen RommelIn this provocative study, Ronald Lewin charts the course of Rommel s military career Rommel the Desert Fox, was a tactical genius his personal leadership and ability to improvise of the battlefield with minimal resources were exemplary Yet lapses in Rommel s judgement, combined with Churchill s heightened defenses and Hitler s neglect, led to crushing defeat for the Afrika Korps at Alamein inAs Rommel s success waned, so did his relations with the FuhrerRommel was an exceptional commander not only for his skills, but for the integrity with which he carried himself This integrity, admired even by his adversaries, proved fatal Unafraid to voice his objections to Hitler s military decisions, Rommel was associated with theplot to kill the dictator In the wake of the plot s failure, Rommel was forced to take his own life Extremely dense and detailed prose about the Afrika Korps I was particularly interested in the catchphrases from many different languages the author used to make certain points throughout Had to brush up on German, Latin, and French in order to fully understand certain passages I liked this, as it stretched my brainthan a normal WW II book would If you re looking for a story about the Erwin Rommel The Man, this isn t necessarily it, although there are a few details about his origins Extremely dense and detailed prose about the Afrika Korps I was particularly interested in the catchphrases from many different languages the author used to make certain points throughout Had to brush up on German, Latin, and French in order to fully understand certain passages I liked this, as it stretched my brainthan a normal WW II book would If you re looking for a story about the Erwin Rommel The Man, this isn t necessarily it, although there are a few details about his origins in WW I This is a very detailed account of the Afika Korps and their near war changing march for the oil in the middle east More large scale maps would have been helpful I found myself seeking out on my own to study the geography of the places so often mentioned in the book Overall an excellent book, but I finished wantinginformation about the inner workings of Rommel Great. Clearly, this is a book written for someone like me Before I properly review this book, I feel it necessary to point out that I am the exact audience of a book like this, as a student of military history who finds it worthwhile to reflect on the virtues of leaders, and who enjoys books that seek to rehabilitate the reputations of leaders who have often been unfairly relegated to the lesser ranks of military leaders 1 Although admittedly I am not as much a fan of World War II history as are m Clearly, this is a book written for someone like me Before I properly review this book, I feel it necessary to point out that I am the exact audience of a book like this, as a student of military history who finds it worthwhile to reflect on the virtues of leaders, and who enjoys books that seek to rehabilitate the reputations of leaders who have often been unfairly relegated to the lesser ranks of military leaders 1 Although admittedly I am not as much a fan of World War II history as are most students of military history, largely because the conflict was both so massive and also so harrowing in its conduct that it is the sort of subject that keeps me up all night with horrific nightmares of the brutality of mankind, this is the sort of World War II book I can stand behind, and I like what it has to say about Rommel The author does all he can to free Rommel from the obloquy of having been a brave and generally successful leader of one of the worst regimes known to mankind, and manages to make a solid case for recognizing Rommel as a great leader, if not quite at the highest level of generalson that later , and explains his conduct in both WWI and especially World War II in framing him as brave and patriotic and not particularly skilled at political leadership, which ended up being a fatal shortcoming in his case as it proved impossible to be a fundamentally decent person in the moral cesspool that was the higher reaches of the German army without suffering as a result.Nevertheless, this is not a book about Rommel the reluctant Abwehr conspirator, but about Rommel as a military commander, and that is for the better The first chapter covers Rommel s early leadership as an officer in World War I and in the interwar German army, and one chapter covering Rommel s successful work as the leader of Hitler s bodyguards and his work as a subordinate tank officer in France in 1940 From page 35 to almost page 270 in a book that is only a bit over 300 pages the book spends its time looking at Rommel s leadership in Africa in a very detailed fashion The book then ends with a look at Rommel s frustrating career in trying to turn the Atlantic Wall into a defense of Hitler s conquests before being seriously injured after D Day and being forced into suicide like many a Chinese general who had run afoul of an insecure ruler As this book focuses on a very narrow theater of war for the vast majority of its pages, it gives almost a diary account of Rommel s ups and downs as a general in the sands of Libya as the Germans and Italians fought the British and their dominion troops over the same ground over and over again and as Rommel dealt with logistics and the demands of being a leader of a coalition army.And what is the book s verdict The author argues that Rommel was excellent on the attack and was sound both as a tactical and strategic leader, a quick learner of the realities of contemporary warfare The book also does a good job at showing him to be a person of good character and someone whose skill as a leader and ability at unexpected flank attacks made him a cut above many of his opponents The author, though, to his considerable credit, does not minimize Rommel s flaws as a leader For one, his inability to recognize the importance of seizing Malta suggests that he had some limitations in his logistical capabilities Likewise, his problems in working with Hitler and Germany s general staff admittedly not the easiest people to work with and his impossible to hide contempt for the military skills of his Italian allies in the desert hurt his abilities to be a solid diplomatic general on the level of, say, a Marlborough or Eisenhower Even so, he is a solid general and this book gives a strong case for his skills on the battle and theater level from his World War II experience If you re willing to give the author a fair hearing when trying to clear Rommel of guilt by association with his regime, this book is a solid read 1 See, for example It took me forever to read this book Granted part of that was due to Fire and deployment and relocation to another continent Part of it though was due to the nature of the book itself Lewin s detailed account of the military career of Rommel proceeds with an academic touch Having seen other accounts of military history presented as documentaries, I look forward to comparing this with the book version of Ben Macintyre s Operation Mincemeat or Double Cross. Fascinating subject Too much information on which division or brigade went where for my taste I suppose others who, like the author, fought in the desert, or who had family or friends who did, would appreciate the fine details Although the book provides an excellent understanding of Rommel s gifts and virtues, it scarcely explores what he thought was worth fighting for in either of the two world wars I am of course biased as a citizen who loves the United States, but I don t understand what Fascinating subject Too much information on which division or brigade went where for my taste I suppose others who, like the author, fought in the desert, or who had family or friends who did, would appreciate the fine details Although the book provides an excellent understanding of Rommel s gifts and virtues, it scarcely explores what he thought was worth fighting for in either of the two world wars I am of course biased as a citizen who loves the United States, but I don t understand what noble cause this noble man thought he was serving either in the Kaiser s war or in Hitler s I was surprised he was never a member of the Nazi party Was Apolitical. I was especially fascinated with the military prowess of the Germans in WWII and Rommel was certainly one of their great commanders I thought it was a really good book. An interesting and enjoyable book about a topic near and dear to every WWII enthusiast s heart The Desert Fox But this one isinteresting than most as it tries to deal with the military genius of the man But in setting out to write a Hagiography, Lewin goes off the rails He s too good and balanced a writer and thinker, so even though his personal admiration of the man is clear and strong throughout the tome, Lewin cannot help discussing many of the counter arguments for every move Thu An interesting and enjoyable book about a topic near and dear to every WWII enthusiast s heart The Desert Fox But this one isinteresting than most as it tries to deal with the military genius of the man But in setting out to write a Hagiography, Lewin goes off the rails He s too good and balanced a writer and thinker, so even though his personal admiration of the man is clear and strong throughout the tome, Lewin cannot help discussing many of the counter arguments for every move Thus the Rommel sceptic, like myself, still can find many strong expository elements and arguments to gnaw on Even the discussion of his part in the Valkyrie plot, is a whirl of interesting points and impulses In the end one may not agree with Lewin s view of Rommel as an unsullied Knight of the Third Reich, but one certainly can see his arguments And along the way, the Gamer Modeller Military Enthusiast and thecasual adult reader will be quite entertained, the junior reader may find it challenging An oldie but goodie look at the Desert Fox Has a photo section, about 20 maps andan appendix listing Wehrpass military record Lewin also wrote a bio on Monty.