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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. At the height of his power in January Hitler made the fateful decision to send troops to North Africa to save the beleaguered Italian army from defeat.
Martin Kitchen's masterful history of the Axis campaign provides a fundamental reassessment of the key battles of —3, Rommel's generalship, and the campaign's place within the broader strategic context of the war.
He shows that the British were initially helpless against the operational brilliance of Rommel's Panzer divisions. However Rommel's initial successes and refusal to follow orders committed the Axis to a campaign well beyond their means. Without the reinforcements or supplies he needed to deliver a knockout blow, Rommel was forced onto the defensive and Hitler's Mediterranean strategy began to unravel.
The result was the loss of an entire army which together with defeat at Stalingrad signalled a decisive shift in the course of the war. Reviews: "Rommel's Desert War is a book of outstanding importance. It will stand alongside, challenging and correcting, Liddell Hart's Rommel Papers. Martin Kitchen takes us to the heart of the Axis war effort in North Africa. His book effortlessly blends sources written in many languages into a gripping narrative.
The struggle for Libya was not the 'war without hate': it was a squalid and nasty fight with enormous ramifications for world history. Kitchen captures both the brutality and the importance of the struggle. No one is going to see the Desert War in quite the same light after reading his book. Kitchen's skillful blend of policy and strategy, operations and tactics, pulls no punches.
His stringent, well-documented critique of Rommel's performance in particular makes this a significant contribution to the literature on the Second World War. Martin Kitchen reveals with real clarity the complex interaction between the two armies in the see-saw fighting of the desert.
He punctures myths effortlessly and, impressively, links the fierce desert fighting with the political imperatives and realities of the fascist powers. This book is now essential reading for anyone interested in the desert war and its place in the wider history of the Second World War. Now at last, making full use of Italian sources, Martin Kitchen has given us a balanced, judicious and convincing analysis of the three-handed war in the desert. It will be required reading for every World War II historian.
Fascinating insights abound. Ping, Southern Utah University "This study gives us a vivid view of the theater from the perspective of the Afrikakorps command. Nofi, StrategyWorld. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published August 1st by Cambridge University Press. More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Rommel's Desert War , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 12, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: world-war What makes this work particularly good is the trouble taken to explain the strategic and political contexts of this conflict - which is usually presented as an overwhelmingly tactical or personality-based history - with special emphasis on the role of logistics in this "quartermaster's hell" of a theater.
It should also be noted that the role of Italy in this conflict is not s A comprehensive, if somewhat plodding, narrative of World War II in North Africa, primarily from the Axis point of view. It should also be noted that the role of Italy in this conflict is not shrugged off as it tends to be in most English-language works. The maps are somewhat less than brilliant; some of which are matchbook-sized while others have opposing forces inked in the same color.
Professor Kitchen, for reasons unknown, has the annoying habit of referring to German tanks as "Panzer," even in the plural. Still, all in all, this book is a useful introduction to the Desert War. Mar 31, David Bivans rated it did not like it. This book is astonishingly inaccurate. Just as Kitchen dramatizes and greatly fabricates other stories, he has done it again with this as well. The majority of his assumptions are nonsensical and his facts do not match most supporting documents.
He fails to explain much of his reasoning, and in other cases simply uses nonsensical reasons that often to not even relate to what he is even discussing. This should be in the novel section.
May 23, Drpsychorat rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfiction , history , north-african-campaign , world-war Without a doubt, this is the most in depth book on the North African Campaign I have ever read. It gives multiple views of the conflict from tactical, operational, political and even personal perspectives. This is a scholarly, well researched and well written book. Tjn rated it really liked it Nov 03, Michael Short rated it really liked it Mar 25, Diogo Cruvinel rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Alec rated it really liked it Mar 03, Markus rated it it was amazing Jul 21, Matt rated it really liked it Feb 07, Alistair Boddy-Evans rated it really liked it Dec 28, Foxbat rated it it was amazing Jan 12, John Ervin rated it it was amazing Oct 16, Rick rated it really liked it Jul 01, Ray Packham rated it liked it Sep 30, Pat Griffith rated it really liked it Aug 24, Jeff rated it really liked it Nov 21, Sean marked it as to-read Dec 04, Jessica marked it as to-read Aug 03, Derek Weese marked it as to-read Sep 26, Mike marked it as to-read Jan 04, Woody Curran marked it as to-read Feb 22, Kirk is currently reading it Apr 01, William marked it as to-read Apr 12, Phillip marked it as to-read May 16, Mike marked it as to-read Jul 20, Liam marked it as to-read Jul 23, Jason Hutcherson marked it as to-read Jan 07, Michael marked it as to-read Feb 11, D marked it as to-read Feb 17, Thomas marked it as to-read Feb 13, Danielle marked it as to-read Feb 23, Felix marked it as to-read Apr 19, Steve marked it as to-read May 14, Jarrod marked it as to-read May 19, Scott L.
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Rommel's Desert War: Waging World War II in North Africa, 1941-1943
The Italian Royal Army was reformed in and lasted until It ended with the dissolution of the monarchy. However, in reality, most of the King's military responsibilities were assumed by the Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini. The Supreme Command featured an organic staff which functioned through its defense ministries and through its various high commands. The defense ministries were based on function and included a Ministry of War, a Ministry of the Admiralty, and a Ministry of the Air. Below the Army Group were armies. Armies were typically composed of two or more corps, along with separate units directly commanded at the army level.
Tenth Army (Italy)
In the summer of after the Battle of the Solstice the Command continued to modify these changes and in preparation for the Italian Offensive planned for October , the new 10th Italian Army was formed on 14 October. The 10th Army was to protect their right flank. They were also expected to cross the Piave by breaking the Austro-Hungarian defenses at Grave di Papadopoli, a large island in the river. The Tenth Army was augmented by the addition of the following Italian troops prior to the battle:. The pontieri played an important preparatory role by transporting a contingent of British soldiers by boat to the island to surprise the Austro-Hungarian garrison there and gain control of the island before the commencement of the battle.
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