This book, written shortly after the war by a British officer, shows not only the awe in which the British held this opposing general, but also t ...more
Rommel by Desmond Young.
Fontana, 1965. 316 pages.
Cover of Rommel by Desmond Young.
Rommel is a highly illuminating figure when looking at the success of Hitler in Germany up to about 1941, and at the underlying rot in the regime. Brilliant leader of men that he was, Rommel was little interested in politics, and in a sense consciously simplified his life by ignoring it. The tactical sense and discipline of him and other...more
It has definitely helped me to explore certain angles of one of the most legendary Generals in WWII. It depicts Rommel in an overall positive way, without however trying to sweep under the carpet certain of his shortcomings at least as perceived by colleagues of his (e.g. including relative narrow strategic vision).
I finish the book also having learned a bit more history, althou ...more
The biography is very well written. The writer actually fought against Rommel. A fact that only adds ...more
The book stays away from what could become a tedious, and by today's knowledge, outdated, blow-for-blow account of his numerous battles and instead the author goes mostly after Rommel's character, trying to figure out who he was and what he thought of a particular situation.
Rommel emerges not only as a resourceful general, but also as a very courageou ...more
Desmond Young's story was impartial and brought out the facts of the battle as they took place in North Africa. We get to know the ingenuity with which Rommel planned and execu ...more
Much of Rommel's official history was badly tainted by Nazi propagandists and Desmond Young got a great deal of the information from personal sources now largely deceased. The author's bias towards General Rommel is obvious but he details the military mistakes and personal foibles of the general as well.
The ending includes an Appendix written by Rommel himself on the ...more
Book was interesting and the author certainly did go to lengths to talk to people and muster up details.
Could have used many more pictures, diagrams and maps though as most of the battles and maneuvers had me glazing over slightly given i was not too acquainted with the history and terrain (author assumes a bit here) and whilst it does give you insight as to Rummel ' s knack/intuition it ends up being ...more