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Rommel in North Africa: Quest for the Nile

Rommel in North Africa: Quest for the Nile

by David Mitchelhill-Green


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Erwin Rommel is the arguably the most well-known German general of the Second World War. Revered by his troops and applauded by his enemies, the so-called Desert Fox achieved legendary status for his daring exploits and bold maneuvers during the North African campaign. In this book, richly illustrated with over 400 images, the author examines the privations and challenges Rommel faced in leading his coalition force.

Endeavoring to reach the Nile Delta, we find Rommel's Axis soldiers poorly prepared to undertake such an audacious operation. Much-admired by his men in the front lines, we discover a demanding and intolerant leader, censured by subordinate officers and mistrusted by his superiors in Berlin. Certainly no diplomat, we observe posed interactions with Italian and junior German officers through an official lens.

We note Rommel's readiness to take advantage of his enemy's weakness and study his extraordinary instinct for waging mobile warfare. We consider his disregard for the decisive factor of supply and view his army's reliance on captured equipment. We learn how this brave and ambitious commander was celebrated by German propaganda when the Wehrmacht's fortunes in the East were waning. Conversely, analyze why Winston Churchill honored him as a daring and skillful opponent. Finally, we picture this energetic, ambitious, at times reckless, commander as he roamed the vast Western Desert battlefield. This is the story of Rommel in North Africa.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473892200
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/21/2017
Series: Images of War Series
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 751,653
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Mitchelhill-Green is a freelance military author and photographer. His areas of interest include the Second World War and Japanese castles. Previous books in this series include: Fighting in Ukraine: A Photographer at War, With Rommel in the Desert: Tripoli to El Alamein and Rommel in North Africa: Quest for the Nile.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4

Abbreviations 5

Notes on Photographic Sources 6

Introduction 8

Chapter 1 Hitler's Sunflower 20

Chapter 2 An Unfamiliar Land 33

Chapter 3 The 'Desert Fox' 41

Chapter 4 Towards the Nile 94

Chapter 5 Kriegsgefangene (PoWs) 159

Chapter 6 Beutefahrzeuge 166

Chapter 7 Artillery 183

Chapter 8 Für Deutschland 219

Bibliography 227

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