Erwin Rommel: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

Erwin Rommel: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

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Erwin Rommel: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history by Pier Paolo Battistelli, Peter Dennis

Nicknamed 'The Desert Fox' for his cunning command of the Afrika Korps, Erwin Rommel remains one of the most popular and studied of Germany's World War II commanders. He got his first taste of combat in World War I, where his daring command earned him the Blue Max, Germany's highest decoration for bravery. He followed this up with numerous successes early in World War II in both Europe and Africa, before facing his biggest challenge - organizing the defence of France.

Implicated in the plot to kill Hitler, Rommel chose suicide over a public trial. This book looks at the life of this daring soldier, focusing on his style of command and the tactical decisions that earned him his fearsome reputation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846036859
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Series: Command Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 750,548
Product dimensions: 9.46(w) x 7.36(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Pier Paolo Battistelli earned his PhD in military history at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout World War II, he is active in Italy and abroad writing titles and essays on military history subjects. A contributor to the Italian Army Historical Office, he is currently revising his PhD thesis for publication: The War of the Axis: German and Italian Military Partnership in World War Two, 1939-1943. The author lives in Italy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The early years 5

The military life 7

The hour of destiny 14

Opposing commanders 49

When war is done 54

Inside the mind 57

A life in words 59

Further reading 62

Index 64

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