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ISBN: 0521509718
Author: Martin Kitchen
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2009)
Pages: 618
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
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Rommel's Desert War is a book of outstanding importance. It will stand alongside, challenging and correcting, Liddell Hart's Rommel Papers. Martin Kitchen takes us to the heart of the Axis war effort in North Africa

Rommel's Desert War is a book of outstanding importance. Martin Kitchen takes us to the heart of the Axis war effort in North Africa. The struggle for Libya was not the 'war without hate': it was a squalid and nasty fight with enormous ramifications for world history. Kitchen captures both the brutality and the importance of the struggle.

A comprehensive history of the Axis campaign in North Africa within the broader strategic context of the Second World War. At the height of his power in January 1941 Hitler made the fateful decision to send troops to North Africa to save the beleaguered Italian army from defeat. At the height of his power in January 1941 Hitler made the fateful decision to send troops to North Africa to save the beleaguered Italian army from defeat

of World War II from a German perspective, with a well-rounded and not altogether flattering picture of Rommel. The strategic importance of the back-and-forth fighting between Allied and Axis troops in North Africa from 1941 to 1943 has long been debated

The strategic importance of the back-and-forth fighting between Allied and Axis troops in North Africa from 1941 to 1943 has long been debated. In some respects, it was a sideshow to World War II, the main event being in Europe. Germany only became involved to rescue the Italians, but then General Erwin Rommel's dash and flair raised the possibility of humiliating the British.

book by Martin Kitchen.

Martin Kitchen (December 21, 1936, Nottingham, England) is a British-Canadian historian, who has . Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941–1943 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Martin Kitchen (December 21, 1936, Nottingham, England) is a British-Canadian historian, who has specialized in modern European history, with an emphasis on Germany Kitchen was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London. The Third Reich: Charisma and Community (London: Longman, 2007). A History of Modern Germany, 1800–2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

Rommel’s Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941–1943 By Martin Kitchen

Rommel’s Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941–1943 By Martin Kitchen. 616 pp. Cambridge University Press, 2009. For Hitler, North Africa started as a rescue of Il Duce’s neocolonial adventures, but unfolded into a small, eerily parallel version of his Soviet front that became increasingly grand and sweeping (he savored the notion of catching Iraq between Caucasus and desert pincers). When that soured, he kept squandering lives and treasure in piecemeal efforts to shore up logistical and operational fantasies. Take Malta, where his dawdling about invading narrowed the operational and strategic options.

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1941-1943 (Cambridge Military Histories). Pages 616. Year of production 2009. Comprehensive new history of the Axis campaign in North Africa within the broader strategic context of the Second World War.

Rommel"s Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943 (Cambridge Military Histories). 33 руб. EAN/UPC/ISBN Code 9780521509718.

Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943 (Cambridge . The Origins of the Cold War in Comparative Perspective (with Lawrence Aronsen), (London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988). British Policy Towards the Soviet Union, 1939-1945 (London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin's, 1986). Germany in the Age of Total War (with Volker R. Berghahn), (London: Croom Helm; Totowa . Barnes and Noble, 1981).

Comprehensive new history of the Axis campaign in North Africa within the broader strategic context of the Second World War.

Comments:

Brick my own
This book is an excellent overview of Rommel's North African campaign but it also emphasizes the higher elements of command from mainly the Italian and German leadership perspective. Thus it may not satisfy those looking for a book that gives more in-depth descriptions of what warfare was like as experienced by individual infantrymen or tank commanders. For that I recommend Holland's Together We Stand. Instead this book discusses and describes the planning and implimentation of military operations across the desert and especially the internal conflicts between the more agressive ambitious Rommel and those in both the Italian and German High Commands who prefered Rommel engage in more of a holding campaign rather than striking for the Suez Canal. The discussions of the critical battles are probably adequate for most readers but those expecting a more detailed operational account may find the author too sketchy or incomplete and the maps also omit some of the finer details. This is especially true concerning Operation Crusader.

This book is also partly revisionist in that its portrayal of Rommel is considerably more negative than most other books on this topic. The author concedes Rommel is a far superior tactician, especially compared to his British opponents, but also considers him vainglorious, callous toward his men, reckless, arrogant, and prone to blame and even punish others for his mistakes. From a military perspective, Rommel's tendency to ignore the logistical impossibilities and subsequent futility of his military goals contributed to his final defeat thus making his earlier victories much in vain. Perhaps the North African Campaign indeed verifies the comment among the German High Command that Rommel was an excellent divisional commander but no more than that.

Other strengths of the book include a more in-depth discussion of the Italian Command structure while also providing a respectable analyses of the logistical problems involved with the North African Campaign. Finally, while this book can be considered scholarly, the author's writing style still keeps the topic interesting. Overall I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in WW2.
lets go baby
Excellent book on the war in North Africa.
Gralsa
I had started out giving this book three stars, but finally decided upon four stars because I felt I was being a bit too hard on the author, who clearly put a lot of effort into this book. That said, there are a few flaws. I felt that Cambridge's editors did not do a very thorough job on this book - which is not the author's fault. I found myself disconcerted on many occasions to come across the term "Panzer" when the narrative clearly had me expecting to see the word "panzers." It was almost as if the narrative treated them as living objects. Maybe that is OK when speaking to a German audience, but it doesnt fit well into a narrative aimed at English speaking readers. His command of sources is impressive, especially the dialogue between Italian and German commands, but his narrative regarding US participation is less so. There were no P-39 Airacobras in North African prior to the Torch Invasion. And especially not ones bearing 40-mm cannon (I think he confused them with Hurricane IID aircraft operated by the RAF's No. 6 Squadron). Sherman tanks were not looked down upon by German troops encountering them for the first time - ULTRA decrypts talking about the new "British" tanks sound eeriely like the reports of encountering T-34 tanks in Russia in 1941. The Germans did not capture 2,000 US prisoners at Faid Pass in early February 1943 (they were French, not American) and the Germans did not face a US armored force after breaking through Kasserine Pass - there were only six M3 Grant tanks at Kasserine (Company I, 13th Armored Regiment). What Kitchen talks about is the 3/6th Armored Infantry Battalion arriving late in the battle. The Allied artillery at Kasserine was not limited to a French battery of 75-mm cannon, but also included two batteries of the US 33d FA Battalion - which were later overrun by Italian troops from the Centauro Armored Division supporting the German assault. The bulk of the Allied tanks at Kasserine were British Valentines belonging to GORE FORCE. Additionally, his map of Sbiba (Feb 43 agin) shows only British units whereas in reality the Germans were repulsed by the US 34th Infantry Division and 18th Infantry Regiment (US) in addition to the British 6th Armoured Division (-) and Guards Brigade. On the other hand, Kitchen's account of Fondouk Pass in April 1943 is remarkably even-handed. Recommended - with some caution with regard to US participation following the TORCH invasion. The strongest part of this book lies with its examination of German - Italian relations during the desert campaign.
Dozilkree
Fantastic book following Erwin Rommel's experiences during his participation in the North African campaign. A definite read for all of you war buffs who are interested on how we almost lost the war in Africa along with the bickering amongst the commander forces both in the Allies and Axis.

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