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The Rommel Papers (Da Capo Paperback) [Paperback]

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1 Mar 1982 Da Capo Paperback
When Erwin Rommel died--by forced suicide at Hitler's command--he left behind in various ingenious hiding places the papers that recorded the story of his dramatic career and the exact details of his masterly campaigns. It was his custom to dictate each evening a running narrative of the day's events and, after each battle, to summarize its course and the lessons to be learned from it. He wrote, almost daily, intimate and outspoken letters to his wife in which his private feelings and--after the tide had turned--forebodings found expression. To this is added by Rommel's son Manfred the story of the field marshall's last weeks and the final day when he was given the choice of an honorable suicide or an ignominious trial for treason. An engrossing human document and a rare look at the mind of the "Desert Fox," The Rommel Papers throws an interesting light on the Axis alliance and on the inner workings of Hitler's high command.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press (1 Mar 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306801574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306801570
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Captain Basil Henry Liddell Hart (1895--1970) was one of the foremost military theorists of our time. His many books include Scipio Africanus, Lawrence of Arabia, The Rommel Papers, and Sherman (all available from Da Capo Press/ Perseus Books Group).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 4 Mar 2008
By Carl
This book provides an excellent insight into the point of view of one of Germanys most famous Generals, as he storms across France with his 7.Panzer-Division and the fighting in North Africa. This is supplemented by excellent editing by Liddell-Hart who comes in with footnotes or text to correct any slips or exaggerations made by Rommel during the narrative so we gain a clear picture as possible.

This however ends Erwin Rommel's participation in the book. Rommel's actions in Italy, Normandy and his final days are covered by Fitz Bayerlein (who fought along side Rommel and was the divisional commander of the Panzer Lehr Division during the fighting in Normandy) and his son Manfred Rommel. However these sections also add to the book and the insight into the man.

The only flaw which can be said of the book is that Rommel does not let on to the enormous amount of intelligence he had in regards to Anglo-Commonwealth strength and dispositions during the Desert War thanks to intercepted messages sent by the American embassy staff in particular Colonel Fellers.
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For me, the great significance of this book is that we get to read detailed accounts of divisional, corps, and army actions by one of the masters of armored warfare -- without the typical self-aggrandizement that comes with time for reflection. His account of the fight into France is the very best accounting of the "fog of battle" I've ever read. I consider this a must-read for anyone who wants to gain any understanding of warfare, particulary WWII.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rommel is Armored Warfare's Greatest Engineer 15 Aug 1999
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Not at all difficult to read, and even a bit intense during his narrations, this is an in depth look at the brillience of Erwin Rommel. Undoubtably the most perceptive and insightful German commander of the war, Rommel exhibits incredible understranding of troops, commanders, and what is possible and impossible on the battle field. His remarkable ability for retrospect provides engrossing lessons and conclusions of modern mechanzied warfare that any military historian or strategy goo-roo craves. Primarily about the African campaigns, and of the fall of France, Rommel recounts the events of every battle, and then analyzes the outcome, and reasons for that outcome without bias. This book will provide a thorough grounding and clear understanding of mechanized warfare, and a great respect for its greatest engineer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful... 4 May 1998
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This book provides excellent insight for anyone wanting an inside look at the battles Rommel fought. The book is surprisingly objective as Rommel examines both his successes and failures. for the most part he accepts his failures and tries to learn from them by writing them down, without bias. This is an important lesson to anyone who reads the book, accepting the consequences of their actions. The editor also adds his own comments and summarizations which add to the value of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Facinating" 2 Aug 1996
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This interseting text provides a facinating insight into the
mind of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel through out his campaigns
in the Second World War. This detaled display of real
manuscripts written by the great soldier shows his ambitious,
zealous, and sometimes dashing style in which he upset Allied
commanders time and time again with minimal forces and
limited supplys. For any person who is intrigued by the art
of war or has a deep interest in history, this book will
captivate until the last page has been turned.
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This book gives a day by day account from the 7th Panzer divisions blitz through France to the oven like atmoshphere of the North African deserts. Giving an insightful view of Rommels thoughts on specific days of battle, with explanations for his actions whether they were correct or catastrophic. Also demonstrates the behind the scene problems a General has to deal with in order to be effective. One of the best books I've ever read written about one of the best military strategist to ever practice the operational art of war.
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This book takes you through the events of World War II using the unedited writing of General Rommel. Hart does a great job of insuring the thoughts of Rommel are preserved. The hard bound version of this book, has chalk drawing of Rommels battle plans.
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