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Title: Knight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
Description: HarperCollins, New York, 1993, book club edition.. 601 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0060182229 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "(S)hows how inspiringly spontaneous and superficially haphazard Rommel's style of leadership could be: 'Rommel believed that war is a re ckless, untidy business, and that the habits of mind of a methodical manager are alien to what is required'. Instead, his hallmarks were boldness of manoeuvre, ferocity of attack, and tenacity in pursuit. These were the qualities he display e d i n h is great battles in the North African desert; they were, David Fraser demonstrates, evident from his earliest battles in the First World War to his last, defending Fortress Europe from the Allied invasion of 1944..Rommel reached a posi ti on in w h ic h he almost inevitably became embroiled in politics. When he realized that the Allied invasion was going to succeed, he realized also that the only way to save Germany was somehow to negotiate a peace settlement. He tried to pres ent Hi t ler - to wh om he had always been devoted, and who had always shown him a particular respect and affection - with the military realities: he was branded a defeatist and ignored. But his opinions, and his apparent links (meticulously dis cuss ed b y Fras er) wi th t he Stauffenberg plotters of July 1944 - one of them, under interrogation, mentioned Rommel as a possible head of post-Hilterian Gemany - condemned him is the eyes of the Fuhrer he had served so loyally. He was offered the c hoice o f tri al b y a Peopl e's Court - a sham of course - or suicide, a state funeral and protection for his family. He chose the latter. Rommel is not, to David Fraser, a flawless hero: his failings as well as his genius are recorded here . But he ha d t hat in stinc t fo r batt le and leadership which set him apart from his contemporaries and places him among the great commanders." Light browning at bottom edge of rear board, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has lig ht rubb ing on rear panel , lig ht wrin kling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, tiny tear with wrinkles at bottom edge of rear flap. Very Good/Very Good.

Keywords: North Africa, Ghost Division, Panzer Corps, Afrika Korps, Gruppe, Auchinleck, Berndt, Bir Hacheim, Cavallero, Eighth Army, Goebbels, Goering, Gort, Cyrenaica, Ariete Division, Trieste, Guderian, Franz Halder, Halfaya, Keitel, Kesselring, Mussolini,

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 24122

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