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The Rommel Papers Paperback – March 22, 1982


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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 5th edition (March 22, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306801574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306801570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Captain Basil Henry Liddell Hart (1895–1970) was one of the foremost military theorists of our time. His many books include Scipio Africanus, Lawrence of Arabia, The Rommel Papers, and Sherman (all available from Da Capo Press/ Perseus Books Group).

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The lessons he learned apply today as well.
Dorheimer Hessen
This gives spectacular insight of Rommel's operations in N. Africa, France, Invasion defensive businesses, and the final days of his life.
Greg
This book is one of the best memoirs I have read.
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Ron Law on March 8, 2003
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If you want to read about Nazi's than this is not the book for you, but if you want to read about a true german soldier and honorable man, than I highly recommend this. What an incredible account of war! War without hate, that was the phrase in one of the commentary lines. It's hard to imagine, but Rommel's book shows how it was his job as a soldier. It also gives accounts of how prisoners of war were treated by Rommel and gives you a real sense of the honor of being a soldier no matter which side you were on.
I especially liked the added notes and commentary by Gen. Bayerlein and Rommel's son Manfred. I predict as you read this book you will feel the development of a relationship with Rommel, a friendship and consern for his well being. Feel his heartfelt consern for his troops and desire to save them from destruction. Feel the anger towards the "High Command" as they tell Rommel to fight to the death. It's a book that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion that closes in the inevitable and tragic end of your new found friend. The book was finished by Manfred Rommel who gave a truly tragic and heart breaking view of the final moments between him and his father.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1996
Format: Paperback
This interseting text provides a facinating insight into the
mind of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel through out his campaigns
in the Second World War. This detaled display of real
manuscripts written by the great soldier shows his ambitious,
zealous, and sometimes dashing style in which he upset Allied
commanders time and time again with minimal forces and
limited supplys. For any person who is intrigued by the art
of war or has a deep interest in history, this book will
captivate until the last page has been turned.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mannie Liscum on December 30, 2001
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Even those with little knowledge of the Second World War know the names "Dessert Fox" and Rommel. For those more familiar with WWII history and the great generals, they know a lot of what is general knowledge is hype more than fact. For example, while Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was certainly a brilliant tactician and strategist, he was not - contrary to popular belief - the originator of the Blitz style of armored warfare. Certainly he was one of its most successful practitioners, but not the originator. That credit belongs to English military minds and was put into practice by General Heinz Gurderian (see Panzer Leader by Gurderian). Rommel was a brilliant self-promoter - with humility though. And he was a favored son of Hitler in the beginning, although the "father" forced him to commit suicide in the end. Rommel did have some amazing victories and equally appalling defeats. All are chronicled in this stirring, well-written pseudo-autobiography. The Rommel Papers was written from Rommels own personal diaries made during his numerous campaigns. He was a voracious writer who sat down on a near daily to preserve the events of the day. Thus we are treated to a wonderful story of the Blitz through western Europe in 1939-40, the swift victories in northern Africa and slow arduous defeats that followed, and finally to Rommel's attempts to stem the Allied tide that was threatening to rush the Western shores of France in 1944. This is a fun and insightful read for anyone who wants to see war from the perspective of the German public's most favored Marshall. Certainly worth the time spent reading it! Highly recommended.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dorheimer Hessen on July 19, 2001
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This book is an excellent account of Rommel, his leadership and his tactics.
Rarely do you get the ability to go into the mind of a commander at war. Usually those writings that come out are clouded by the overall victory or defeat. Rommel's early death prevented that. His notes allow you get into what he was thinking, often on the days of the battles. What impact does the 'fog of war' have on troops and units when the shooting starts? How do you get the enemy to react to you? This book is a treasure indeed.
The lessons he learned apply today as well. I found his reviews of the battles; actually explained much of what occurred in the Persian Gulf War. The Allies may have read this book; I feel the Iraqi's may not have. Those who fight in next war in the desert will face similar constraints.
Students of maneuver warfare, armor officers or anyone who may have to do battle in the desert will get much from this book.
Some books you read and discard. This is a keeper in my library.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
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Not at all difficult to read, and even a bit intense during his narrations, this is an in depth look at the brillience of Erwin Rommel. Undoubtably the most perceptive and insightful German commander of the war, Rommel exhibits incredible understranding of troops, commanders, and what is possible and impossible on the battle field. His remarkable ability for retrospect provides engrossing lessons and conclusions of modern mechanzied warfare that any military historian or strategy goo-roo craves. Primarily about the African campaigns, and of the fall of France, Rommel recounts the events of every battle, and then analyzes the outcome, and reasons for that outcome without bias. This book will provide a thorough grounding and clear understanding of mechanized warfare, and a great respect for its greatest engineer.
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