rommelsdesert195Rommel’s Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943

The result was that German forces became overextended and scarce resources were diverted to the desert campaigns, which still ended in defeat. Thanks to Kitchen’s meticulous research, there is now a compelling account of the battles from a German perspective, with a well-rounded and not altogether flattering picture of Rommel. The book gives due weight to both his operational brilliance, especially in retreat, and his poor strategic judgment. Ultimately, Rommel undermined himself by banking on his special relationship with Hitler to offset his differences with those above and below him in the chain of command.

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