Free shipping over $10. His involvement in the conspiracy was discovered and led to a most unpleasant ultimatum. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Great leader working for the wrong organization. Introduction. Brilliant leader of men that he was, Rommel was little interested in politics, and in a sense consciously simplified his life by ignoring it. A family of desert foxes Both great and so-so, because the writer was an actual participant in WW2, the insight and experience offered are particularly unique and interesting and though I am easily swayed by the British emphasis on "chivalry", I intended to read the book for the German perspective. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I had supposed that a book first published in 1950 would be hopelessly dated. After a series of spectacular panzer victories, British air and material superiority took its toll and Rommel's forces were defeated. Rommel was not captured. Although a favourite of Hitler, Rommel was not a Nazi. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. AbeBooks; Amazon; Find in a library; All sellers » Rommel, the desert fox. View eBook. James Mason's portrayal of this gallant warrior became a highlight of his career iconography. b. Its facts are straight enough – but the selection of those facts is open to question. Be the first to ask a question about Rommel, 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. Also Frau Rommel and Manfred, Rommel's son. I have no words to explain the great thing about this book, it is very good and I recommend it without hesitation. The Desert Fox was propped up and inflated greatly by Nazi propaganda. Written by Brigadier General Desmond Young just five years after the war. What people are saying - Write a review. Out of Axis Powers of WWII, Rommel is the only Nazi who comes the closest to be called a hero. Excellent read for WW2 buffs and students of history. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The tactical sense and discipline of him and others like him allowed the early victories and extended the Nazi empire to the corners of Europe and beyond. A good read for those interested in warfare. Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016. First, it was written shortly after the war when information was still fresh. A good, authentic look at the man from the perspective of people who really knew him. Harper, 1950 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages. This is a well written Rommel biography researched and written by an admirer who fought against him the desert war of World War II. This book is one of the first sources (if not *the* first) that exposed the fact that Rommel was murdered by the Nazis for his part in the plot to overthrow Hitler, and did not in fact die of war wounds as the Nazis told the world. He was wounded in the first liquid-fire attack at Ypres in 1915, winning a Military Cross. Refresh and try again. Most of the book is abut the battle that took place in the Afrika Korp. Rommel was not captured. The authors personal crusade after the war took him to Germany as well as the UK to find out the truth behind the death of Field Marshall Rommel in 1944. "Rommel" by Desmond Young is one of the earliest, and still stands as one of the best-researched, examinations of the immortal Desert Fox. His prisoners ate what he & his men ate , he was not antisemite,[ unlike Patton ] hated National Socialism & the dreadful nazis . ON. This is not to say the book, like Rommel, does not have its flaws. This was a very informative and interesting book. The biography becomes fascinating before reaching the desert campaigns of World War II, benefiting immensely from post-WWII interviews with his World War I comrades who outlived him. Rommel was convinced that Hitler should be arrested and he believed that the deposition of the dictator would bring about the end of the Nazi-controlled Third Reich. 229 Pgs. When he first got it, he read it over & over & over again. Hardcover, 9781558585799, 1558585796 Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Perhaps the most famous and admired soldier to fight in World War II was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who achieved immortality as the Desert Fox. When you do reach the desert campaigns you expect to rely heavily on maps to follow the engagements, but the prose of Young's narrative puts you in the action. A brilliant tactician, Rommel earns the respect not only of his own men but of the enemy. David Irving "Rommel: The Trail of the Fox" is now available as a Free Download (fully illustrated) The download file is an uncompressed pdf file of 3 MB, "Rommel_2005_web.pdf". Montgomery was flush with US equipment and knew Rommel's strategy mostly from intercepted cables, the Germans unaware their code had been broken. The Desert Fox is a great book to read if someone is into reading WWII history, or simply just curious about Rommel. This book, although interesting (learning about Rommel's tactics and strategy) at parts and also comical (Reading his personal thoughts on different members of the Nazi party). Condition: New. The Desert Fox, WWII German Field-Marshall Erwin Rommel fought the British forces on the desert sands of North Africa. Early in 1941, the famed British Eighth Army was on the route to victory in North Africa. Desert Fox book. The book also suffers from not having a lot of information about Rommel's involvement in the plot to kill Hitler that came to light after the book was published. Through the Advanced Search, you can find items by searching specific terms such as Title, Artist, Song Title, Genre, etc or you can narrow … He had personal knowledge of several specific incidents and gave the perspective from Rommel's military adversaries. Discovering the Rommel murder: the life and death of the Desert Fox User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict. Brilliant leader of men that he was, Rommel was little interested in politics, and in a sense consciously simplified his life by ignoring it. Field Marshal Rommel leads his tanks and joins a doctor's plot to kill Hitler. Yet only when the damage being done by Hitler's schemes became omnipresent -- in the lead up to Normandy in 1944 -- did he begin to act outside the circumscribed field of military tactics. How would he have reacted to the Eastern front?) A totally engrossing story on the rise and fall of Rommel and Nazi Germany. This is not to say the book, like Rommel, does not have its flaws. Published by Frederick A Praeger, Westport, CT, 1997. This book will surely remedy that oversight.During the Desert Fox campaign, the 7th Panzer suffered more casualties than any other division in the German Army, at the same time inflicting a disproportionate number of casualties upon the enemy. I guess I wasn't in a hurry to read this book because I'd seen the excellent movie with James Mason when I was in grade school. Start by marking “Rommel: The Desert Fox” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I had read a more contemporary biography of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel (lacking editorially) that failed to place this dynamic general emerging from a sufficient historical context, leaving off those traits that explain his ascent to the forefront of German military figures. The film tells Rommel's return to Berlin after the failed Africa campaign and his further political activity in the resistance against Hitler. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. As a personal portrait this is intriguing,and Rommel is painted in a generally positive light, from his undistinguished origins to his voluntary suicide in the dwindling days of the great war. By the time I finished it I admired the man. Desmond Young's book made me a lifelong student and admirer of The Desert Fox. As such he sees honor and virtue in battle despite the massive loss of life and the political maneuvering that brought it about. The monolith that was recently discovered in a remote area of the red-rock Utah desert has vanished, local officials said. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nevertheless, Rommel was an admired soldier by soldiers. The Desert Fox in Normandy Rommel's Defense of Fortress Europe (Book) : Mitcham, Samuel W. : ABC-CLIOPerhaps the most famous and admired soldier to fight in World War II was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who achieved immortality as the Desert Fox. As such he sees honor and virtue in battle despite the massive loss of life and the political maneuvering that brought it about. Also his wife & son seem to be of excellent honorable quality also. I found this book though my personal interest in WWII. However, the book reads more like a story about the author himself, and his adventures while gathering information on Rommel. The tactical sense and discipline of him and. Get this book in print. Though it was natural for me as a young reader in India to side with the Allies in the Second World War, there were a few German commanders who earned the respect of even their enemies. Please try again. Knight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Desert Fox: The Storied Military Career of Erwin Rommel, Rommel's Afrika Korps: El Agheila to El Alamein, Knight's Cross : A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Clearly one of the greatest generals ever. But when this became known to the Gestapo, Rommel, recovering from serious injuries incurred when his car was strafed by Allied planes, was given a pair of dreadful alternatives -- take poison and be given a state funeral as a hero of the Reich, becoming even in death a tool of the Nazi party, or continue to try to undermine Hitler and be killed also, but on the understanding that his family would end up dead or in concentration camps. Get this book in print. Anyone interested in Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and the Afrika Korps should read Rommel: The Desert Fox first. It is mainly about Erwin Rommel and his military career from WWI to his death. Marshall claims to have broken the news to the world in 1945 that Rommel had not died of wounds, as claimed by Nazi propaganda, but had been forced to commit suicide. Desmond Young. The book is an exceptional read and can also easily fit into the catagory of encyclopedic reference. This book was really an easy read & very informative about a really honorable warrior. Out of Axis Powers of WWII, Rommel is the only Nazi who comes the closest to be called a hero. Customers who bought this item also bought. What's more, the author was a senior officer in the 8th Army and had fought against the Afrika Korp. Hello Select your address Prime Day Deals Best Sellers Electronics Customer Service Books New Releases Home Gift Ideas Computers Gift Cards Sell Paperback. Good background on his early life and pre-WWII career, but the WWII portion seems to focus more on the British Army's impressions of Rommel and the internal command conflicts in North Africa. 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