Rommel: the Desert Fox and with Rommel in the Desert and Erwin Rommel

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Rommel: the Desert Fox and with Rommel in the Desert and Erwin Rommel

By Desmond Young and H. W. Schmidt and Lutz Koch
Harper and Albatross and Gebauer, 1951
264,287,340 pp. $3.50
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These three books on the late German commander serve to complement one another. The most inclusive is that by Brigadier Young, a British opponent in the desert campaign. Fair, admiring--perhaps overdoing the tradition of professional comradeship-in-arms--it gives an excellent account of Rommel's quality of Fingerspitzengefühl, which made him such a formidable tactician. Captain Schmidt, who was Rommel's aide-de-camp, writes a more personal and more limited story, concluding with the fall of Tunis. Koch, a German war correspondent at Rommel's HQ, is primarily concerned with explaining and defending Rommel's break with Hitler and his participation in the plot.