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Field Marshal Erwin Rommel exerted an almost hypnotic influence not only over his own troops but also over the Allied soldiers of the Eighth Army in World War II. Even when the legend surrounding his invincibility was overturned at El Alamein, the aura surrounding Rommel himself remained unsullied. In this classic study of the art of war, Rommel analyzes the tactics that l ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Zenith Press (first published 1937)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
جوانِ شجاع و باهوشی که با پشتکار و میهن پرستیِ خودش از جنگِ جهانی اول و لیاقتی که از خود نشان داد، تمامی پله هایِ موفقیت را پی در پی سپری کرد و بالا رفت... مردم آلمان و همینطور مردمِ جهان باید همیشه این انسانِ بزرگ و محبوب را الگو خودشان قرار بدهند
مردِ بزرگی که حتی دشمنانِ او نیز، همیشه احترامِ زیادی برایِ وی قائل بودند و درکل از محبوبیتِ زیادی برخوردار بوده است
یادِ فرمانده <اروین رومل> همیشه زنده و گرامی باد
<پیروز باشید و ایرانی>
Charles
Feb 21, 2015 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people have heard of Erwin Rommel, at least in passing. But most people probably associate his name with only two events: World War Two tank battles in North Africa, and Rommel’s forced suicide by Hitler because of his ancillary association with Stauffenberg’s attempt to assassinate Hitler. And most people probably have a general sense that Rommel was not so bad a guy, relative to the Nazi regime as a whole (as low a bar as that may be). This book contradicts none of that, but provides a b ...more
Cameron
Jun 01, 2013 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly detailed, well written account of the First World War by one of the finest generals of the 20th Century. The well drawn and numerous sketches make it very easy to gain an understanding of the battles being described and the 'observations' placed at the end of the description of each engagement often highlight just why Rommel was such a successful commander during the Second World War. The book offers one of the best insights I have seen into both German military thinking at ...more
Roger Burk
You've got to hand it to this guy Rommel, he hardly ever lets even a small flash of humanity show. He seems to be interested in absolutely nothing except small-unit infantry operations. This memoir just goes from one operation to another, on the Franch, Rumanian, and Italian fronts. Whatever he did on leave, in garrison, or on rear duty is ignored. The only effort at reflection is a few "Observations" given after each action, most pretty obvious (example: after losing touch with another unit in ...more
Megan
Oct 14, 2011 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rommel, you magnificent bastard; I read your book!

Actually, it is a pretty good book. He demonstrates the ability to think decisively but with good sense, and after describing each battle or action, he analyzes what went right and wrong for both sides. He obviously wanted to learn and to teach what he'd learned from experience. He was committed to victory, but only at a minimal cost - this was not some callous cannon-fodder-flinging commander. There were times of classic German understatement th
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Amadeus Schwerner
Leitura densa e carregada de detalhes técnicos que muitas vezes podem tornar o livro detalhista demais, porém, essa é a proposta aqui do General. Esclarecer como forjou sua reputação e habilidades em campo de batalha com extrema determinação e disciplina. Sem sombra de dúvidas um dos maiores militares que esteve em ação em ambas as maiores guerras da humanidade. Leitura obrigatória para quem quer entender os mínimos detalhes da guerra de trincheiras. Tenho a nítida impressão que esse livro é o C ...more
Mark C. Jackson
Excellent book on leadership without politics; tactics without doubt; Soldiering without prejudice. A must read for all new leaders, and a great refresher for seasoned veterans. rest assured this is about a German warrior, not a NAZI political machine. Yes, he was a tool in that mechanism, but he prefered the militarism, tactics and strategies of war far more than the political necessities. Rommel was a great tactician and strategist.
Steve Flanagan
Jan 10, 2008 Steve Flanagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warfare
A must read for every infantry & small unit leader. Rommel was bold & brilliant and he had audacious & amazing victories to show for it. He was a phenominal combat leader, it's too bad he was fighting for the wrong side... When in doubt - ATTACK!
Richard Fulgham
Nov 18, 2008 Richard Fulgham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like the truth as understood by a man writing from personal experience. My father fought his Afrika Corps in North Africa.
Matimate
May 10, 2014 Matimate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2014
Excellent book which put great insight on the author' s own achievements.
The precise description of the battles were stripped of political background and focused on military strategy.
Bernardo Arcos Álvarez
Estoico, brillante, valiente, eficaz. Rommel luchaba hombro a hombro con los soldados rasos, atacaba a la bayoneta cuando estaba acorralado, corría días enteros sin comer ni dormir, era capaz de rendir compañías enteras con un discurso y una pistola. No temía al fracaso, respondía naturalmente cuando tenía una responsabilidad sobre sus hombros, siempre buscó triunfar, y casi siempre lo logró. El zorro del desierto era un guerrero feroz pero caballeroso, apolítico, empático, inteligente, un ser h ...more
Kristopher Swinson
"I read your book!"
Tom Darrow
Dec 29, 2016 Tom Darrow rated it really liked it
More of a self-promoting autobiography than a manual of infantry attacks, this book is still worth reading for anyone who wants to learn about WWI, WWII or Rommel. It traces Rommel's experiences in WWI, starting on the western front at the start of the war, then moving to the mountains in southeast Europe fighting against the Romanians, Italians and Russians.

This book was insightful for a couple of reasons. First, most of the books I have read about WWI (like All Quiet on the Western Front) foc
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Pedro
Dec 21, 2014 Pedro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro é um retrato fiel e conciso da experiência militar de Rommel durante a Primeira Guerra Mundial. Foca-se essencialmente nas tácitas e combate, deixando de parte tudo o que não se enquadrava, como por exemplo a vida pessoal do jovem tenente. Escrito numa linguagem técnica mas acessível, relata os estratagemas empregues por Rommel para alcançar a vitória nas várias campanhas em que este envolvido, sempre com um cuidado para minimizar o custo. O mais interessante deste livro é que muitas ...more
Mike Kershaw
Nov 29, 2012 Mike Kershaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written during the interwar period and leading, in part to Rommel’s notoriety in the German Officer Corps, Attacks looks at his experiences in WWI as a platoon leader and company commander on the Western Front first, then switching to his famous command in the Württemberg Mountain Battalion where he won his Pour Le Merite. Rommel’s style is easy to follow and the way he captures ‘lessons learned’ at the end of each chapter makes this a book that’s easily read in pieces. Rommel’s comments on figh ...more
K.C. Sivils
Dec 25, 2016 K.C. Sivils rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long been fascinated by the "legend" of the Desert Fox. To truly understand the tactical brilliance of Rommel, you must study his experiences as an infantry officer in WW I on first the Western Front and then in the mountains of the Italian front. It was here that the Fox was born.

Infantry Attacks is Rommels book explaining his infantry tactics during WW I. The text would later be adopted by the German military during the enter-war years as Rommel served as an instructor in the Reichswehr
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Keith
Jan 08, 2010 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book may not be for everyone; however, anyone interested in military history and military tactics will likely find it fascinating. Rommel has a writing style that is very personal, revealing much of not only what he did but also what his feelings were and why he did it. Throughout the book, the decisions he made it combat easily show why he came to be one of the top German generals in WW2. If you are looking for a great book on WWI this book will show you the war in a way you may have never ...more
Kyle
Oct 23, 2007 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first purpose for this book, it seems, was for Rommel to blow his own horn. That being said, it provides an interesting look at small unit actions in various theaters during the Great War, particularly looking at the role of command and planning in such actions. My favourite parts are Rommel's reflections on the lessons learned from each action, as I can see manifestations of these in his WWII career. Pretty entertaining, definitely self effacing, but I think valuable in its context.
Kelly
May 18, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly an amazing book. It shows a lot of brilliant insights into an amazing man. The level of details of every single encounter, day after day, and the analysis after each shows both a tactical and strategic perspective that does not reflect his years. And, the way he writes is very engaging for such a dry topic. I really enjoyed looking out from the eyes of the Desert Fox... worth every minute of its reading.
Matt Mueller
Nov 19, 2013 Matt Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a quintessential account of WWI from a German perspective and a mandatory read for infantry officers for the warrior philosophy, but for the average joe just wanting an account of WWI, it's a very dry, historical read that scans like a textbook much of the time. In it's "groove", it's a necessary read, but if you're just a casual military/WWI buff, you may find yourself putting it down to take a break from time to time.
Alessandro
Jul 28, 2012 Alessandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: leaders, students of war
The simplicity, humility and lucidity with which this tactical genius describes complex battles are amazing. Not once does he show contempt for the enemy or forgets to mention the effort of the men under his command - citing the fallen by name whenever possible.
After each encounter he includes his analysis of the factors that granted those results, and what could have been done to make the situation better or to prevent casualties.
Jan
Jun 25, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autobiografie van Rommel tijdens WOI. Biedt enorm veel inzicht in de "burden of command", de oorlogsvoering tijdens WOI en de psyche van een leider die over leven en dood beslist. Verder wordt duidelijk dat oorlogsvoering vooral afhankelijk is van beslissingen op het moment, veelal impulsief, en dat de manschappen het allerbelangrijkste zijn. Een must-read voor fans van oorlogsvoering, leiderschap, WOI en Rommel.
Jesse
Apr 06, 2013 Jesse rated it it was amazing
While it's hubris cannot be ignored, consider the time frame which it was written in. This book is easily the best look into the tactical level of field command I have ever read. Concisely written, detailed maps are invaluable to understand how the battles unfold. My hat is off to all the soldiers of the Wurttenberg Mountain Batallion, without their efforts this book would not of been possible.
Tkyl
Feb 03, 2010 Tkyl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read. Not only does it give you an insight into the tactical genius of Rommel, but it gives you a great look at the "enemy" of the first world war. Even in fighting, the Germans tried to treat their enemies with respect and dignity, preferring to give their enemies a chance to surrender before attacking. I seriously recommend this book to anyone interested in military tactics of the first World War.
Alex
Feb 02, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tactical lessons from a brilliant mind in a challenging time. Terrific read for any tactically concerned military officer. The diary of FM Rommel takes the reader through the inner thoughts of an up and coming junior officer in the First World War. The lessons taken from this book can be applied at all levels of tactical leadership. The author spares no detail in retelling the story of his and his unit(s) trials and tribulations.
James
Mar 07, 2008 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of modern military history, tactics, and operations
Rommel's memoirs of his experiences as an infantry officer in World War I, a much less famous period than his later service in World War II as the general in charge of first the Afrika Korps and then Hitler's Atlantic Wall defensive system.
Rommel wrote this to illustrate the tactical principles that led to his success in both wars, i.e. his relentlessness and innovation. For any student of modern military history or the tactical/operational art, this is an important book.
Iain
May 21, 2014 Iain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-wwii
I expected this book to be quite dry but was pleasantly surprised to find that Rommel wrote an engaging account of his many exploits as a junior office in WWI. I was impressed with his drive and his grasp of fundamentals that others took longer to discover. The audacity of many of his units exploits adds to the narrative. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in WWI, Rommel's life, and small unit tactics.
Robert
Aug 23, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had to read this after finishing "Killing Rommel" by Steven Pressfield. review to follow...
This is a great book if you are interested in the "nuts and bolts" of modern warfare. It is also a good snapshot of attitudes of early 20th century European attitudes towards war. If you are looking fro narritaive forget it. Recommended for geeks and historians.
Tom
Jan 13, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a lot to learn since I am usually not worried about heavy machine gun emplacement or friendly fire from handgrenades that fall short, but Rommell is a thoroughly professional military man he has a warmth for his men and his mission. Interesting knowing his future as the desert fox and conspirator to kill Hitler.
Shayon4uall
The reader starts admiring Romel's tenacity and unrelenting pursuit of military objectives along with his fearlessness . Tactical situations are very well explained ,however would appreciate a North marker on all the maps in future reprints .
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