In World War II, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel exerted an almost hypnotic influence not only over his own troops but also over the Allied soldiers of the Eighth Army in North Africa and Italy. Even after the legend of his invincibility was overturned at El Alamein, the aura surrounding him remained unsullied.
This classic study of the art of war, which originally appeared in German in 1937, brought its author to Adolf Hitler’s attention and eventually led him to high position in the German military command. In this book, Rommel analyzes the tactics that lay behind his successes in World War I. As the leader of a small unit, he proved himself to be an aggressive and versatile commander, with a reputation for using the battlefield terrain to his own advantage, for gathering as much intelligence on his enemy as possible, and for seeking out and taking advantage of enemy weaknesses.
Rommel graphically describes his own exploits, and those of his units, in the swift-moving battles on the Western front, in the ensuing trench warfare, in the 1917 campaign in Rumania and the Carpathian Mountains, and in the pursuit across the Tagliamento and Piave Rivers. Infantry Attacks sets out the basis of his astonishing leadership in World War II, providing an indispensable guide to the art of modern war, written by one of its supreme practitioners.
Praise for Infantry Attacks:
“The future master of Panzerblitzkrieg’s brilliant thoughts on infantry at war.” David Chandler
“A revelation of modern tactical methods, and an insight into the driving force of an aggressively cunning, fighting animal.” Kenneth Macksey, Rommel: Battles and Campaigns
“Had Allied military commanders read this book, those of us who fought against Rommel in Africa and Italy might not have suffered so much at the hands of this flexibly-minded commander who, like so many of the greatest soldiers of the past, led his men from the front.”James Lucas