Rommel: The End of a Legend

Overview

The legend of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel—the “Desert Fox”—is threefold: he was a simple soldier who did his duty and knew nothing about Nazism; he was a commander of superlative talent who ran rings around the British in North Africa in 1941–42; and he was a leader of the resistance to Hitler who gave his life to the cause after the failure of the July 1944 plot. In this lucid, exemplary volume, Ralf Georg Reuth shows that all three of the above assumptions are false and reveals the truth in a brilliant book that...

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Overview

The legend of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel—the “Desert Fox”—is threefold: he was a simple soldier who did his duty and knew nothing about Nazism; he was a commander of superlative talent who ran rings around the British in North Africa in 1941–42; and he was a leader of the resistance to Hitler who gave his life to the cause after the failure of the July 1944 plot. In this lucid, exemplary volume, Ralf Georg Reuth shows that all three of the above assumptions are false and reveals the truth in a brilliant book that exposes the self-serving role of the Cold War West in promoting the Rommel legend.

Under Rommel’s leadership the German Afrika Korps advanced all the way to Egypt. Known as the “Desert Fox,” Rommel was considered invincible. That is the story told in the history books. Ralf Georg Reuth paints a different portrait of Erwin Rommel: a man who owed his fame in part to Nazi propaganda and whose role in the resistance is still unclear; the image of a soldier who was promoted by Hitler and who continued to stay true to him until the end, when he committed suicide at the behest of his führer. His personal fate is the mirror image of the German tragedy of that time: “to have followed the führer to the end and to believe that one had thereby done one’s patriotic duty.”

Ralf Georg Reuth was the editor of the diaries of Joseph Goebbels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905791958
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Haus Histories Series
  • Pages: 235
  • Sales rank: 1,392,518
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralf Georg Reuth wrote his doctoral thesis on German military strategy and the history of World War II. Since then he has published two big biographies on Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. He was also the editor of the diaries of Joseph Goebbels.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Hitler's General 7
The Army Commander 81
The Creation of Propaganda 121
The Victim 165
The Legend 209
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