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Product Details

  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; First Paperback Edition edition (March 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811735605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811735605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rommel's desert campaigns are brilliantly described (Drew Middleton The New York Times Book Review)

Mitcham's prose is concise, yet descriptive. This compact book probes deeply into Rommel as a commander, soldier, leader, husband and citizen, providing a good picture of Rommel's personality, rather than giving us only a drab rundown of his battlefield exploits. (Armor) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., is the author of more than twenty books on World War II. He lives in Louisiana.

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Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. was born in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, in 1949. He was educated at Northeast Louisiana University, North Carolina State, and the University of Tennessee, where he received his doctorate. He was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot during the Viet Nam War, remained active in the reserves, graduated from the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, and is qualified through the rank of major general. Following in his mother's footsteps (she was a newspaper editor for 47 years), he is the author of more than 40 books, several of which were History or Military History Book Club Selections.

Dr. Mitcham was a professor at Henderson State University, Georgia Southern University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and was a visiting professor at West Point. His works have been translated into several languages, including German, Bulgarian, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Polish, and he has appeared on the BBC and the History Channel, among others.

Mitcham is married and has two children. He lives in Monroe, Louisiana.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1997
Format: Paperback
Few military books are written with such clear and lucid details.Mr Mitcham describes the Afrika Korps rise with great accuracy. He puts to rest all the myths which had sprung up with the reputation of the Korps. One such point is that some historians have claimed that the Afrika Korps boasted technologically superior tanks compared to the British. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact , the Korps themselves faced technologically superior armour, plus the fact that they were always outnumbered. Certain historians have claimed the contrary to this fact as well. Mr Mitcham puts to rest this myth as well. The truth of the matter was that concentration of armour, the reason for the Korps success, was seen as having superior numbers, actually the Korps under the Desert Fox , concentrated its numbers against enemy formations one at a time , thereby neutralizing British superiority of numbers. Samuel Mitcham Jr also goes into the day to day life of Rommel and his army. The battles of 'TottenTag' and the major battles like 'operation battleaxe' are studied with great detail. Afrika Korps also suffered tremendous losses in high ranking officers, Mr Mitcham investigates this point as well. In my opinion, this book is a must for all students of the Desert War of 1941-43, especially since it is unbiased and filled with a lot of facts and valuabe data.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Panozzo on January 2, 2013
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This is volume one of Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.'s digest of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps' campaign in the North African Desert War. Mitcham has focused his research and writing from Rommel's point of view. He has thoroughly researched the writings of key participants and the works of other preeminent historians and biographers of Rommel. The result of his labor is a decent and lucid history. This volume begins with Rommel's arrival in Tripolitania and concludes with Operation Crusader. I highly recommend this volume as well as part two Rommel's Desert War: The Life and Death of the Afrika Korps (Stackpole Military History Series). Also of great value is Adrian Stewart's title Early Battles of the Eighth Army: Crusader to the Alamein Line, 1941-42 (Stackpole Military History Series) which provides the British perspective. Also by Mitcham I recommend Rommel's Greatest Victory for an examination of the Battle of Tobruk.
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Yes he was a brilliant charger! Yes he did much more than one could reasonably expect with his resources. But he was far from perfect and this book at least gives the information that his casualty rates were unreasonably high. The book is well written and concise - actually part of a series of three - and lays the story down without too much adoration.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Licari on July 1, 2004
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This is a disappointing book. I thought it would provide a good biography of Rommel as well as giving a good fresh accounting of the early battles of the Afrika Korps (i.e. up to and including the failed first attempt to take Tobruk from the Brits). Indeed it is categorized as "biography/history" so my expectations were not unreasonable. However, the book completely fails to live up to its advertisement. It is nothing more than a synthesis of existing books, mostly Irving's "The Trail of the Fox" and Young's "Rommel: The Desert Fox", both of which are still available.
As a biography, it is a pathetic offering. For research material it primarily draws on Iving's accounts of his interviews with Rommel's son. Mitcham even ignores "The Rommel Papers" which are Rommel's own diaries, orders, and journals kept during the war. Mitcham also only gives passing reference to Rommel's development as a military commander. The section on Rommel's battles against the Italians in WWI is thin, and the reference to his book Infantry Attacks only discusses how well it sold.
As a history of the early battles of the Afrika Korps, the book isn't any better. The accounts of the battles are simply Irving and Young's assessments re-written. Poor maps make the read extra frustrating. Few points of reference are identified, map scales are not given, and unit positions are impossible to discern. Mitcham's dependence on existing literature is revealed when he universally dismisses the Italian troops as "useless". Indeed they form a negligable part of any description of the fighting, even those battles where Italian troops outnumbered German troops. This is the result of his heavy reliance on Young's book, first published in the 1950s when it was common to dismiss Italian contributions.
Existing literature vastly suprasses this book, and it is most certainly not recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Leach on March 19, 2013
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I haven,t had the time to read this book yet. but I,ll get to it soon,thanks O.K? that should do.
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