In This Review

Rommel: the Desert Fox and with Rommel in the Desert and Erwin Rommel
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, 264287340 pp

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.