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  • ISBN: 0812829298
  • Author: Samuel W. Mitcham
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Europe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Stein & Day (January 1, 1955)
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • ePUB size: 1838 kb
  • FB2 size 1395 kb
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Triumphant Fox traces Erwin Rommel's rise from obscurity to the position of Hitler's most able general

Triumphant Fox traces Erwin Rommel's rise from obscurity to the position of Hitler's most able general. His leadership in North Africa amazed the opposing forces as Rommel fought for success against overwhelming odds. The result of his labor is a decent and lucid history.

Samuel W. Mitcham Jr. has written one of the best books I have ever read on Rommel's early campaigns in WWII, and this book easily earns a place on the shelf next to Desmond Young's classic Rommel: The Desert Fox. The best part, though, is that Mr. Mitcham has written I'm not sure why it took me so long to get around to reading this book, particularly given the fact that I've read so many other books about Erwin Rommel over the last thirty years or so; in any case, it was well worth the wait.

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of the Afrika Korps - Libro electrónico escrito por Samuel W. Samuel W. Mitcham, J. is the author of more than twenty books on World War II. He lives in Louisiana.

Triumphant Fox: Erwin Rommel and the Rise of the Afrika Korps - Libro electrónico escrito por Samuel W. Mitcham J. .Lee este libro en la app de Google Play Libros en tu PC o dispositivo Android o iOS. Descarga Triumphant Fox: Erwin Rommel and the Rise of the Afrika Korps para leerlo sin conexión, destacar texto, agregar marcadores o tomar notas. Describes the Desert Fox's preparation for military greatness, his rise to prominence, and his early campaigns in Africa. Recounts the first battles of Germany's notorious Afrika Korps.

Few military books are written with such clear and lucid details. Samuel Mitcham Jr also goes into the day to day life of Rommel and his army. The battles of 'TottenTag' and the major battles like 'operation battleaxe' are studied with great detail. Mr Mitcham describes the Afrika Korps rise with great accuracy. He puts to rest all the myths which had sprung up with the reputation of the Korps. One such point is that some historians have claimed that the Afrika Korps boasted technologically superior tanks compared to the British. Afrika Korps also suffered tremendous losses in high ranking officers, Mr Mitcham investigates this point as well.

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Erwin Rommel arrived in Africa's Western Desert in February 1941 to head the elite German Afrika Korps in its efforts to bolster its battered Italian allies

Erwin Rommel arrived in Africa's Western Desert in February 1941 to head the elite German Afrika Korps in its efforts to bolster its battered Italian allies. Unable to capture it, Rommel's forces defeated two British attempts to relieve the garrison before being forced to withdraw at the end of 1941. Seasoned by months of desert warfare, Rommel stood ready to achieve his greatest successes in 1942, a story told in Rommel's Desert War (978-0-8117-3413-4). Stackpole Military History.

Mitcham, samuel w. jr. (Author) Stein and Day (Publisher).

Driving his exhausted Panzer forces with his indomitable will and charismatic leadership, Rommel swept through North Africa, where he brought the British Eight Army to the brink of defeat.

Triumphant Fox traces Erwim Rommel's rise from obscurity to the vaunted position of Hitler's most able general.
Comments: (5)
Gashakar
This is volume one of Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.'s digest of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps' campaign in the North African Desert War. Mitcham has focused his research and writing from Rommel's point of view. He has thoroughly researched the writings of key participants and the works of other preeminent historians and biographers of Rommel. The result of his labor is a decent and lucid history. This volume begins with Rommel's arrival in Tripolitania and concludes with Operation Crusader. I highly recommend this volume as well as part two Rommel's Desert War: The Life and Death of the Afrika Korps (Stackpole Military History Series). Also of great value is Adrian Stewart's title Early Battles of the Eighth Army: Crusader to the Alamein Line, 1941-42 (Stackpole Military History Series) which provides the British perspective. Also by Mitcham I recommend Rommel's Greatest Victory for an examination of the Battle of Tobruk.
Ironrunner
Yes he was a brilliant charger! Yes he did much more than one could reasonably expect with his resources. But he was far from perfect and this book at least gives the information that his casualty rates were unreasonably high. The book is well written and concise - actually part of a series of three - and lays the story down without too much adoration.
Uranneavo
Great book, easy read, great service.
Winawel
I haven,t had the time to read this book yet. but I,ll get to it soon,thanks O.K? that should do.
BroWelm
This book covers the campaign in North Africa from the start of the German effort in the theater through the retreat back to their starting point in late 1941.

This is my second work that I've read by Mitcham. His work on the Sicily campaign was pretty good, but I often had the suspicion as I was reading that that he dances on the line of a romanticizing the Germans. Here it was a little more evident, and in many ways is a product of its time (1984).

Rommel tends to be one of those figures for such writers, like the Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson of the Third Reich. Yes, he may have fought well, and yes, he became an anti-Nazi and was murdered by the regime he served so well. In this kind of narrative, he seems at once brilliant, conflicted, ultimately human and most "like us."

Mitcham's account certainly follows this vein. The first 60 pages of the 190 or so of narrative describe Rommel's career leading up to his arrival in Tripoli -- a career that included a stint leading Hitler's bodyguard unit, a connection that Rommel used to secure a field command. Meanwhile, here we learn that Goebbels gave his old friend Rommel a camera.

The soldiers of the DAK, for their part, are portrayed as mini-Rommels. Like those Rommel left behind on the Egyptian frontier, whom Mitcham describes as "the best of the German infantry: proud, tough, resourceful, and self-reliant." Everything we'd expect of good soldiers doing a very good job.

That all may be, but something seems to be missing in this account in spite of the repetition. Among the several second-hand sources used, Mitcham's first citation is from Paul Carell, who is now regarded as a somewhat dubious source. As a first-hand (but hardly objective) participant, Rommel's own papers are also frequently cited, without question.

The crucial moment in the campaign came in November 1941, when the British launched Operation Crusader. Rommel's Italian and German soldiers besieged Tobruk, and the British sought to relieve it. Mitcham, to his credit, quite forthrightly and accurately says that, "Of all of Rommel's battles, this is the most complicated and most difficult to describe."

In Mitcham's view, Rommel's mistake is that he stubbornly refused to believe that British would attack him before he had a chance to finish off Tobruk (not his first try, either). Frankly, he seems to have lost control of the battle, as his units were all over the place, and even Rommel himself was difficult to locate. At one point, he was believed lost, and his staff countermanded his own orders. What a mess. Ultimately, he retreated all the way back to Mersa el Brega. But even that, according to Mitcham, was a dazzling success: "The new commander of the 90th Light Division was puzzled over the success of the withdrawal... 'There is only one explanation: their awe of General Rommel, and his capacity to surprise... ."

Was Rommel a brilliant general that made mistakes, or something else? Rommel's defeat isn't adequately explained here, nor by many other writers for that matter. It may be said that it was Rommel's battle to lose; that's often the impression, and Mitcham's account echoes that. In the end, Mitcham's view is that 1941 only made the DAK a better weapon in 1942. That they lost at El Alamein -- how many times? -- seems to undercut that.

Another view may be that Rommel was somewhat out of his depth, more suited as a division commander, and lacked the staff training to understand supply and other factors for success at this scale. His Pour le Merite against Italians in one war made him a dubious choice to lead Italians in the next one, and his constant rows with superiors over supplies and strategic goals seems to underscore that he wasn't suited to higher command. This or similar lines of thinking goes un-investigated by Mitcham. How could Rommel be "triumphant" and still lose?

All in all, this was a so-so summer read, with adequate maps that helped follow events well enough. Mitcham, consistent with his work on the Sicily campaign, is pretty fair to the Italians' plight: let down by poor equipment and training, they were in no state to fight well against a more modern army. Yet, despite some glimmers of promise, Mitcham's work on balance now feels dated, fostering myths about the war and a "Good German" Cold War narrative.
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