The military brilliance of erwin rommel during world war ii

He had panzers and mostly useless Italian tanks against British tanks. On Italians, sometimes cited to The Rommel Papers edited by Basil Henry Liddell Hartbut without specific chapter or page citations; it seems to summarize an attitude indicated by Rommel in Ch.

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According to a second story, General von Stuelpnagel, who had tried to commit suicide and had been revived and brought to a German field hospital, was heard crying out Rommel's name repeatedly in delirium. He treated prisoners of war with consideration. Instead, Hitler placed the panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions under the OKW; thus, only he could authorize their movement forward to meet the Allied invasion forces. But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility. Following the campaign in Poland, Rommel began lobbying for command of one of Germany's panzer divisions , of which there were then only ten. Stranded in the desert, the Axis forces dug themselves in, and laid minefields. He was a splendid military gambler, dominating the problems of supply and scornful of opposition … His ardour and daring inflicted grievous disasters upon us, but he deserves the salute which I made him — and not without some reproaches from the public — in the House of Commons in January , when I said of him, "We have a very daring and skilful opponent against us, and, may I say across the havoc of war, a great general. Rommel was seriously ill after two years of constant fighting Rommel took an offensive approach in North Africa, trying to conquer other countries. Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas. This order, which Rommel attempted to obey even when he had decided on withdrawal, ensured that the bulk of the Axis army was destroyed. In that position, the SS division would have been ideally placed to intervene against either of the American landing areas. In fact, Rommel was acutely aware of the power of propaganda in developing his career and reputation.

His mission was to keep the British out of Libya and to restore the Italian position in North Africa. Rommel had not fully recovered from his exhaustion and jaundice when he returned to fight the second Battle of El Alamein.

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He was not tainted by Nazism It was, after all, easier to explain away the numerous defeats by highlighting their enemy's strengths, than it was to face up to British shortcomings.

The Germans, including Rommel, had no illusion that the new Italian government under the leadership of the decrepit Marshal Pietro Badoglio would remain in the war.

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Army was not a competent military force. He could not be stuck in a single drawer.

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