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Rommel in North Africa (Paperback)

Quest for the Nile

WWII Photo Books Colour Books WWII Photographic Books North Africa in WWII

By David Mitchelhill-Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9781473892200
Published: 6th November 2017



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As featured by Mail Online - On the frontline with Nazi troops in North Africa: Unseen images show Rommel's soldiers perched on a gun turret, climbing palm trees and riding camels


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Erwin Rommel is the arguably the most well-known German general of the Second World War. Revered by his troops and applauded by his enemies, the so-called Desert Fox achieved legendary status for his daring exploits and bold manoeuvres during the North African campaign. In this book, richly illustrated with over 400 images, the author examines the privations and challenges Rommel faced in leading his coalition force.

Endeavouring to reach the Nile Delta, we find Rommel's Axis soldiers poorly-prepared to undertake such an audacious operation. Much-admired by his men in the front lines, we discover a demanding and intolerant leader, censured by subordinate officers and mistrusted by his superiors in Berlin. Certainly no diplomat, we observe posed interactions with Italian and junior German officers through an official lens.

We note Rommels readiness to take advantage of his enemys weakness and study his extraordinary instinct for waging mobile warfare. We consider his disregard for the decisive factor of supply and view his armys reliance on captured equipment. We learn how this brave and ambitious commander was celebrated by German propaganda when the Wehrmachts fortunes in the East were waning. Conversely, analyse why Winston Churchill honoured him as a daring and skillful opponent. Finally, we picture this energetic, ambitious, at times reckless, commander as he roamed the vast Western Desert battlefield. This is the story of Rommel in North Africa.

While this is a book about the famous German General, Erwin Rommel, it is also a tremendous resource for modelers.

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The historian interested in the war in North Africa will enjoy a fine collection of archive photos, many of which I had not seen before, while the modeller will find lots of interesting detail on uniforms and equipment.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

As featured by Mail Online - On the frontline with Nazi troops in North Africa: Unseen images show Rommel's soldiers perched on a gun turret, climbing palm trees and riding camels. Click here to read the piece.

The Mail Online 1/8/17

About David Mitchelhill-Green

Over the last twenty-five years, David Mitchelhill-Green has roamed the world in search of lost stories from the Second World War. His photographic investigations have featured in the British military magazine After the Battle. With a Master’s degree in Military History, David’s extensive knowledge of the war has also appeared in numerous newspaper features and encyclopedia entries. Years spent in Japan culminated in the co-authoring of the book Castles of the Samurai, with Jennifer Mitchelhill in 2003. David lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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