on 8 May 2013
It's a long time since I read this book and to be honest I don't remember much about it except one anecedote. In it the narrator is rounding up a group of british POW's one of whom, an officer, complains that it is "not fair" that the germans are using a flak gun (the famous 88) against british tanks. To which the narrator replies that it is "not fair" that the British are using tanks against the Germans that can only be knocked out by the "88". Rommel always had the last word, even after defeat. This was probably one of the books (along with "The guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman and Alexander Solzhenitsyn) that kickstarted by interest in military history. As a remember the book although it tells the story of a military genius and hero (some might say) it does so in a very unassuming way. The narrator admires and respects his subject and feels an honour to have served with him but he doesn't worship Rommel which is what I mean by calling this book "a modest biography of Rommel".