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Rommel by Desmond Young

Rommel by Desmond Young

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by Desmond Young

Collins, 1950, black and white photographic plates, illustrations and maps, black and white photographic frontispiece, illustrated endpapers (maps), hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, a little wear and discoloration to covers and spine, age toned pages, no inscriptions; clipped dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, chipping and small tears, some discoloration (see photographs)

“It is doubtful whether, since Bonaparte, the name of an enemy general has sounded so menacing in British ears as that of ROMMEL.  In the Western Desert he almost immediately became a figure of awe, not only to his own troops, but also to the men of the Eighth Army; so much was this the case that General Auchinleck thought it necessary to issue an Order of the Day in which he called upon all commanders to counter the growth of a Rommel legend and “not always to talk of Rommel when we mean the enemy”.  Brigadier Desmond Young, having himself been one of Rommel’s victims, decided to trace the story of the man and to examine the sources of the legend.  In the pursuit of his investigations he has collected much material of first-class importance; from a variety of sources he has composed a clear and convincing portrait of one of the most brilliant personalities of the war and at the same time he has thrown light upon one of its strangest and most sinister mysteries – Rommel’s implication in the Hitler plot, and his death.”


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