The Images of War series has become extremely popular across a wide readership, including some who do not otherwise purchase military history books. This new book provides the story of one of the best known commanders of WWII, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel – Much Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, Rommel In North Africa, Quest For The Nile, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2661 AUTHOR: David Mitchelhill-Green PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 230 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, armour, tanks, light tanks, medium tanks, heavy tanks, assault guns, tank killers, reconnaissance vehicles, desert warfare, tank warfare, North Africa, Libya, Egypt, Suez Canal, Afrikakorps ISBN: 1-47389-220-1 IMAGE: B2661.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yasro8tp LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series has become extremely popular across a wide readership, including some who do not otherwise purchase military history books. This new book provides the story of one of the best known commanders of WWII, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel – Much Recommended. Of all of the military commanders of WWII, only a handful are widely known and Rommel stands out amongst his peers from all sides in the conflict. There is of course a strong element of myth but, behind that, there is still an outstanding commander who was respected by his opponents. Rommel was an instructor before WWII and one of the contributors to the concept of Blitzkrieg. As commander of one of the Divisions forming the surprise attack through Belgium, France and to the French Chanel ports, he rapidly made his mark and earned the reputation that was to see him sent to North Africa to reverse the defeats there of the Italian Army and drive to Suez. When Rommel arrived, the Afrikakorps was more a statement than a well-equipped reality. He had to demand supplies, equipment and men from Berlin, while attempting to work with his Italian Allies. He was much admired by his men, respected by his enemies and honoured by Churchill, although some of his officers did not regard him as highly and considered his tactics suspect. Rommel relied on enemy equipment seized in his advance and depended on their fuel and supply dumps, rather than on his own supply train, but that was being realistic because his own supply system was a continuing problem, as fast patrol boats, submarines and aircraft based in Malta continued to wreak havoc in his convoys across the sea from Sicily and Italy. What did arrive then had to be transported up the narrow coast roads toward Egypt. Rommel was reckless and ambitious. He started with a simple tactic of hitting the enemy from a direction they did not expect. That was highly successful, as he swung South into the desert and attacked the British flank. However, what was initially a surprise attack was employed too many times, ceasing to be a surprise, and Montgomery was able to turn it against him, stalling the German advance on Cairo and Suez, before throwing him back and chasing him along the coast into Libya and his original start point. The author has told the story well in text in support of an excellent selection of rare photographs that combine to provide fresh insight.