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Rommel And Caporetto (Kindle)

WWI Italy in the Great War

By John and Eleen Wilks
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 8.8 MB (.prc)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781783036806
Published: 6th June 2012

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The Austro-German attack at Caporetto in 1917 produced a full scale breakthrough which forced the Italian armies to retreat from near the Austrian frontier to within twenty miles of Venice. Young Lieutenant Rommel had the good fortune to be part of one of the German units which led the attack on the Italian positions. The masterly German plan carried out by some of the best German and Austrian troops immediately established a war of movement which offered fine opportunities to ambitious young officers. No one made greater use of these opportunities than Erwin Rommel.

Rommel's own account of the action has been translated into English but, until now, there has been no satisfactory work in English covering the wider aspects of the Battle of Caporetto which are an essential background for an understanding of his dramatic exploits. This book, by the authors of the acclaimed The British Army in Italy 1917-1918, is based largely on official histories and documents, and the records of Rommel and his commanding officer in Italy.

In addition to being a thorough and authoritative description of the overall battle, Rommel and Caporetto gives a fascinating insight into the qualities that this superb soldier was to display to such devastating effect against the Allies during the Second World War.

This book uses a combination of extracts from Rommel's and research taken from official histories to construct a detailed narrative of the fighting in the Caporetto region. There are plenty of maps to support the text and the Rommel story is not allowed to dominate the wider historical landscape.

This is an ideal introduction to the FWW Italian Front and it also explains many of the traits displayed by the Desert Fox in later years.

Guild of Battlefield Guides

As many Guild members will know the Austro-German
attack at Caporetto in 1917 involved the young Erwin Rommel. This book uses a combination of extracts from Rommel’s and research taken from official histories to construct a detailed narrative of the fighting in the Caporetto region. There are plenty of maps to support
the text and the Rommel story is not allowed to
dominate the wider historical landscape. This is an ideal introduction to the FWW Italian Front and it also explains many of the traits displayed by the Desert Fox in later years.

Despatches, Winter 2016

'Rommel and Caporetto' is a fine work of research and analysis and the authors, husband and wife team John and Eileen Wilks, are to be congratulated.
It is a fine book and a welcome addition to the relatively small number of English language publications dealing with te pivotal battle of the war on this front

Western Front Association, P. McNicholls

This book covers two topics – first is the overall battle of Caporetto – the background on both sides, weaknesses of the Italian command and positions, the German plan and the course of the battle. Second is the role that Rommel and the small unit under his command played in the fighting. The general narrative is clear, with a good use of material from both sides. The sections on Rommel are detailed and closely follow the actions of his small units. The result is a book that should be of interest to two markets – that on the First World War and that on the leaders of the Second World War.

History of War

This book covers two topics – first is the overall battle of Caporetto – the background on both sides, weaknesses of the Italian command and positions, the German plan and the course of the battle. Second is the role that Rommel and the small unit under his command played in the fighting. The general narrative is clear, with a good use of material from both sides. The sections on Rommel are detailed and closely follow the actions of his small units. The result is a book that should be of interest to two markets – that on the First World War and that on the leaders of the Second World War.

History of War Website
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