Review of Knight’s Cross – David Fraser

This book is the life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the famous “Desert Fox” from the campaigns in France and North Africa in World War II.  A book on Rommel runs the risk of degenerating into a ‘debunker’ book or a ‘fanboi’ book.  I’m glad to say that this one is neither – it is rather a good history of an excellent general who was not without flaws.  The biography balances the pros and cons both in the military life and in his support of the current Nazi regime.

The book also describes Rommel’s First World War service and his interwar development, as well as his attempt to defend against the Allied invasion of France, which are often neglected when an author wants to go to the famous parts of a life.

All in all an excellent book.


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