This addition to the very popular Images of War series is another well-researched and well-presented book and very good value. – Rommel was perhaps the most effective German General and certainly the most respected by the British – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, With Rommel in the Desert, Tripoli to El Alamein, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives FILE: R2555 AUTHOR: David Litchelhill-Green PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 216 PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War., German armour, AFV, Armoured Fighting Vehicle, tank, assault gun, German Army, Blitz Krieg, Afrika Korps, North Africa
IMAGE: B2555.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y73ppww3 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This addition to the very popular Images of War series is another well-researched and well-presented book and very good value. - Rommel was perhaps the most effective German General and certainly the most respected by the British – Highly Recommended. Rommel fully understood and implemented the theories of Blitz Krieg. He was there for the invasion of Poland, led the attack through neutral Belgium and into France with the advanced units of his 21st Panzer Division reaching Calais. He was the natural choice to lead a German Expeditionary Force in North Africa to save the Italians from destruction. The landings in Normandy might have produced a different result, had Rommel been free to follow his instinct to move his armour closer to the beaches before the invasion and concentrate more resources on defending that piece of coast. However, he was not without his flaws and limitations, acquiring a layer of myth and legend that obscures his real legacy. The author has provided very readable text in support of a fine selection of rare images in what is one of the larger books in this well-received series. He has followed the Afrika Korps from its arrival in North Afrika through to Rommel's departure in March 1943. Rommel never had a great force of armour, but he was leading a very experienced Panzer Army that was equipped with the best tanks and personnel carriers available to the Germans. Against him were British Generals who were constantly seeing vital resources diverted to Greece or some other fire-fighting operation. It has to also be said that some of the British Generals were not the most suitable to the task and Churchill's frustration was evidenced by frequent sackings. Fortunes changed when Montgomery was given the task of fighting Rommel, but although he brought a fresh and aggressive flavour to the 8th Army, his success at El Alamein owed at least as much to two factors that had little to do with Montgomery. Firstly, he had inherited some good planning and a formidable stock of new resources, including many Sherman tanks. Secondly, Rommel was not understood. His victories had been down to the unexpected but as the standard tactic was to get around the enemy's flank by driving South into the desert, it only took some brighter British officers to realize that the surprise was a repeat of earlier surprises. At El Alamein, the Great Depression and the Mediterranean coast formed hard barriers that prevented a flanking move. Where Rommel tried to get around the southern edge of the flank, he was expected and repulsed. From there it became a battle of resources. The Germans were losing tanks they could not replace and the British advances were too rapid to allow damaged tanks to be recovered. The Germans had a long supply line and the British had prepared to maintain supplies as their line lengthened. Fast patrol craft, submarines and aircraft from Malta continually disrupted Rommel's supply convoys from Italy, and the Allies Desert Air Force achieved air superiority, harried the retreating Germans and attacked deep behind enemy positions. The Torch landings created a second front and left Rommel nowhere to go except home.