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Infantry Attacks

Infantry Attacks
Autor: Erwin Rommel, Manfred Rommel
Data publikacji: 2009-05
ISBN: 9780760337158
Wydawca: ZENITH PRESS
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 256
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NFANTRY ATTACKS (in German: INFANTERIE GREIFT AN) is a classic book on military tactics written by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel about his experiences in World War I. Sub-titled ERLEBNIS UND ERFAHRUNG, it covers his engagements in Belgium and France (1914-1915), Romania (1916-1917), and Italy (1917). Each section is followed by Betrachtungen, which point out the military lessons drawn from each action. In it were his Stoistruppen (shock troops) tactics, which used speed, deception, and deep penetration into enemy territory to surprise and overwhelm. Throughout the book, Rommel reports assigning small numbers of men to approach enemy lines from the direction in which the attack was expected. The men would yell, throw hand grenades, and otherwise simulate the anticipated attack from concealment; while attack squads and larger units sneaked around to the flanks and rear of the defenders to take them by surprise and very often forcing them to surrender. This avoided unnecessary exertion, expenditures of ammunition, and risk of injury. It was published in 1937, it quickly became a highly regarded military textbook and also brought its author to the attention of Adolf Hitler himself. This book was to establish Rommel as someone to watch and it wasn't long before Hitler tapped him for higher command. Rommel's book, written as a day to day journal of his World War I exploits, was used throughout the war by the Allies as a resource for infantry tactical movements. General George Patton was among the many influential military leaders reported to have read it. In 1943, an abridged version titled, more simply , "ATTACKS!" was released by the U.S. military for officers tactical study. By April, 1945, INFANTRY ATTACKS had sold 500,000 copies. Rommel planned to write a successor titled THE TANK IN ATTACK (In German: PANZER GREIFT AN) about tank warfare and had gathered a large amount of information during his North African campaign for that purpose. However, he died before completing this work. Rommel exerted an almost hypnotic influence not only over his own troops but also over the Allied soldiers of the British 8th Army in the Second World War. Even when the legend surrounding his invincibility was overturned at El Alamein, the aura surrounding Rommel himself remained unsullied. This classic account seeks out the basis of Rommel's astonishing leadership skills, providing an indispensable guide to the art of war written by one of its greatest exponents.
 

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel exerted an almost hypnotic influence not only over his own troops but also over the Allied soldiers of the Eighth Army in World War II. Even when the legend surrounding his invincibility was overturned at El Alamein, the aura surrounding Rommel himself remained unsullied. In this classic study of the art of war, Rommel analyzes the tactics that lay behind his success. First published in 1937, it quickly became a highly regarded military textbook and also brought its author to the attention of Adolph Hitler. Rommel was to subsequently advance through the ranks to the high command in World War II.

Though most people immediately connect Rommel with the African campaigns of World War II, he made his initial legendary giant steps during the First World War. In this 1935 title, he recalls his greatest battles, outlines how he won them, and provides his strategies on the use of armor in the field lessons ultimately used by Patton and other Allied tank commanders to defeat him.--Library Journal

As a leader of a small unit in the First World War, Rommel proved himself an aggressive and versatile commander, with a reputation for using the battleground terrain to his own advantage, for gathering intelligence, and for seeking out and exploiting enemy weaknesses. Rommel graphically describes his own achievements, and those of his units, in the swift-moving battles on the Western Front, in the ensuing trench warfare, in the 1917 campaign in Romania, and in the pursuit across the Tagliamento and Piave rivers. This classic account seeks out the basis of his astonishing leadership skills, providing an indispensable guide to the art of war written by one of its greatest exponents.



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