Field Marshal : the life and death of Erwin Rommel / Daniel Allen Butler.
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Call Number DD247.R57 B88 2015
Media class: Book
ISBN: 9781612002972 1612002978
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"Erwin Rommel was a complex man: a born leader, brilliant soldier, a devoted husband and proud father; intelligent, instinctive, brave, compassionate, vain, egotistical, and arrogant. In France in 1940, then for two years in North Africa, then finally back in France once again, at Normandy in 1944, he proved himself a master of armored warfare, running rings around a succession of Allied generals who never got his measure and could only resort to overwhelming numbers to bring about his defeat. And yet for all his military genius, Rommel was also naive, a man who could admire Adolf Hitler at the same time that he despised the Nazis, dazzled by a Führer whose successes blinded him to the true nature of the Third Reich. Above all, he was the quintessential German patriot, who ultimately would refuse to abandon his moral compass, so that on one pivotal day in June 1944 he came to understand that he had mistakenly served an evil man and evil cause. He would still fight for Germany even as he abandoned his oath of allegiance to the Führer, when he came to realize that Hitler had morphed into nothing more than an agent of death and destruction. In the end Erwin Rommel was forced to die by his own hand, not because, as some would claim, he had dabbled in a conspiracy, but because he had committed a far greater crime -- he dared to tell Adolf Hitler the truth"--Publisher description.
Prologue: A fox in the desert -- The birth of a soldier -- The Great War -- An officer of the Reichswehr -- The Third Reich -- Blitzkrieg -- Afrika Korps -- Tobruk -- Crusader -- Der Hexenkessel -- African apogee -- El Alamein -- African perigee -- The Atlantic Wall -- Invasion and conspiracy -- The death of a Field Marshal -- Epilogue: The legend of the Desert Fox -- Appendix: Rommel--a timeline.
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