Rommel’s Afrika Korps

Being there . . . with one of the three brainiest German generals the Allied “brass”, officers of
the highest rank, had any genuine respect for; a general Hitler never dreamed of dismissing out
of hand, until two years later he asked him, since he was he to be tried for treason, he could die
by suicide in order to protect his family from his (the Fuhrer’s) violent anger; a human male
who claimed to possess an “instinctive feel”, or gift, “sniffing” out the best battle terrain to
attack – – General (later General Field Marshal) Erwin Rommel, in color, no less. And, arriving in
North Africa determined to capture Cairo, he found himself within a daring battle or two
proudly smiling upon hearing from his Afrika Korps tank crews in the British Western Desert
that he had earned the moniker, “the Desert Fox”. Hitler, equally amused, chuckled since Erwin
Rommel may have been his favorite field commander.
Now, in early 2024, via 250 + rare COLOR photographs from the unusual and noteworthy
republished “Rommel’s Afrika Korps in Color – – Rare German Photographs from the Second
World War” (the original published in 2023), we have a remarkably surprising outlined visual
story, chapter by chapter, not only of the final two years of the hero-general’s military life, but
also candid photo shots of the Afrika Korps during the German army’s North African Campaign.
The publisher of Greenhill Books, Lionel Leventhal Ltd, an imprint of the legendary British
military company, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, publicly thanked Peter Reisch for generously
permitting the inclusion of his father Max Reisch’s rare color photos. Virtually every photo is
unposed, frank, straightforward and patently sincere of an enemy ordered to rule the world.
Yet, perusing the more than 250 + photos, mostly all close-ups, the faces of the Afrika Korps
troops in military actions and scenes, without their swastikas, Iron Crosses, and identity-give
away uniforms and caps look remarkably like the faces and physical bearings of British
prisoners. Of course, the most riveting close-ups are those of Rommel, especially in meetings
with his subordinates, not in captured sumptuous, opulent conference rooms, but on the
blistering summer desert sands, under skies of ferocious heat or freezing winter winds. No
question, buff, this is absolutely one book that deserves special recognition on your developing
personal library shelves.
FOR HIS FAMILY’S SAKE, ROMMEL CHOSE POISON ON OCTOBER 14 th , 1944, RATHER THAN A
SHOW TRIAL FOR NOT INFORMING HITLER OF AN APPROACHING ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON
HIS LIFE BY THE FAMOUS JULY PLOTTERS. HIGH TREASON! IT WAS HOPED THAT OF ALL THE
GERMAN LEADERSHIP, THE FIELD MARSHAL’S PUBLIC AND MILITARY REPUTATION WOULD
BRING AN EARLY SURRENDER TO END WWII. MOST OF THE PLOTTERS WERE STRUNG UP NAKED
AND HUNG WITH PIANO WIRE. WHILE THE FUHRER RELISHED THE 16MM MOTION PICTURES
TAKEN OF EACH EXECUTION, ROMMEL’S DEATH IN SECONDS BY TAKING POISON IN THE BACK
SEAT OF AN ORDINARY GERMAN STAFF CAR, SHOWED NOTHING BUT PURE CONTEMPT ACROSS
THE FILED MARSHAL’S FACE WHEN THE CORPSE WAS PREPARED FOR VIEWING. ALTHOUGH
HITLER KEPT HIS WORD NOT TO HARM HIS FAMILY AND GERMANY MOURNED THE LOSS OF
ONE OF ITS GREATEST HEROES, THE GERMAN PEOPLE NEVER LEARNED HE WAS TO BE TRIED
FOR TREASON.
Reviewed and highly, highly recommended by Don DeNevi

“ROMMEL’S AFRIKA KORPS IN COLOR – – Rare German Photographs from the SECOND WORLD
WAR”, by Ian Spring and Anthony Tucker-Jones. Greenhill Books, an imprint of Pen & Sword
Books Ltd: 288 pages, Illustration copyright@Pixpast, 2023, 250+ color; 7” x 10”, hardcover,
$34.95. Visit, www.greenhillbooks.com, or call Casemate Publishers, (610) 853-9131; fax (610)
853-9146.
There is no question that Erwin Rommel was a brave, brilliant, and highly skilled commander
who was respected and admired both by his soldiers and enemies. Winston Churchill summed it
up best, “We have a very skillful opponent against us, and
may I say across the havoc of war, a great general.”

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