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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Table of Contents
Notes on Photographic Sources 6
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