Thursday, June 6, 2013

More Rommel

Just a few random quotes from the aforementioned book:

"I don't know which I should admire more, your courage before the enemy or your courage before your superiors." ~ In reference to Major Sprosser, Rommel's CO for much of World War I who was often receptive to Rommel's various suggestions; pretty much the ideal CO for capable subordinates; even if it was counter to overarching orders from command (I know it's called OKH/OKW in World War II, not sure what the equivalent is in WWI).

"In a man to man fight the winner is he with one more round in his magazine." ~ While still on the Western Front Rommel wound up in a situation where he was outnumbered 5 to 1; the 1 being himself alone. He killed 2 men but then his rifle misfired so he decided to charge them with his bayonet and wound up wounded in No Man's Land; one of numerous perilous situations described in the book. Rommel's experiences were in several different fronts so it isn't exclusively about Trench Warfare as one would expect; thus  making the breadth of the novel much more engaging and interesting. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in military history, while the strategic lessons to be learned are somewhat limited the tactical analysis is almost unparalleled in other modern war memoirs.

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