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Rommel As Military Commander

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As the Nazis wreaked havoc on Europe in the early 1940s, 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 Rommel.

In this provocative study, Ronald Le

Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 12th 1970 by Ballantine Books (first published 1968)
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Nov 25, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Military buffs, Military Historians, combat officers
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
This book accomplishes what its author sets out to do excellently. Unfortunately, what its author wanted to achieve isn't of much interest to me. I'd really like, someday, to find a book on Rommel that does for him what Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth does for Albert Speer: Explores the complexity and contradictions of his character that allowed an apparently honorable man to be seduced into serving a criminal regime. So far, I haven't found it, and I think that may be because the myth of th ...more
Apr 04, 2016 Brad rated it really liked it
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 brain more than 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
Martin Moleski
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 ...more
Ryan C La Fleur
Jun 14, 2015 Ryan C La Fleur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in leadership , tactics and military history.
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.
Nov 17, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic-history
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.
carl  theaker
May 31, 2010 carl theaker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2

An oldie but goodie look at the Desert Fox. Has a photo section, about 20 maps and
an appendix listing Wehrpass military record.

Lewin also wrote a bio on Monty.

Dec 29, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
Extremely detailed and very dry. Reads like a textbook.

Lots of good information, but the writing style makes it more of a chore to read than a pleasure.
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I was surprised he was never a member of the Nazi party. Was Apolitical.
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Ronald Lewin was a British military historian, radio producer and publishing editor who has wrote several books on World War II and several of the WWII commanders like Lieut-General Vyvyan Pope, Montgomery and Rommel.
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