Infantry Attacks

Infantry Attacks 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 the Second World War Even when the legend surroundi

  • Title: Infantry Attacks
  • Author: Erwin Rommel Manfred Rommel
  • ISBN: 9781853677076
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 the Second World War Even when the legend surrounding his invincibility was overturned at El Alamein, the aura surrounding Rommel himself remained unsullied As a leader of a small unit in the First World War, he proved himseField 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 the Second World War Even when the legend surrounding his invincibility was overturned at El Alamein, the aura surrounding Rommel himself remained unsullied As a leader of a small unit in the First World War, he 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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    1. جوانِ شجاع و باهوشی که با پشتکار و میهن پرستیِ خودش از جنگِ جهانی اول و لیاقتی که از خود نشان داد، تمامی پله هایِ موفقیت را پی در پی سپری کرد و بالا رفت مردم آلمان و همینطور مردمِ جهان باید همیشه این انسانِ بزرگ و محبوب را الگو خودشان قرار بدهندمردِ بزرگی که حتی دشمنانِ او نیز، [...]

    2. Most people have heard of Erwin Rommel, at least in passing. But most people probably associate his name with only two events: World War Two tank battles in North Africa, and Rommel’s forced suicide by Hitler because of his ancillary association with Stauffenberg’s attempt to assassinate Hitler. And most people probably have a general sense that Rommel was not so bad a guy, relative to the Nazi regime as a whole (as low a bar as that may be). This book contradicts none of that, but provides [...]

    3. This is an incredibly detailed, well written account of the First World War by one of the finest generals of the 20th Century. The well drawn and numerous sketches make it very easy to gain an understanding of the battles being described and the 'observations' placed at the end of the description of each engagement often highlight just why Rommel was such a successful commander during the Second World War. The book offers one of the best insights I have seen into both German military thinking at [...]

    4. You've got to hand it to this guy Rommel, he hardly ever lets even a small flash of humanity show. He seems to be interested in absolutely nothing except small-unit infantry operations. This memoir just goes from one operation to another, on the Franch, Rumanian, and Italian fronts. Whatever he did on leave, in garrison, or on rear duty is ignored. The only effort at reflection is a few "Observations" given after each action, most pretty obvious (example: after losing touch with another unit in [...]

    5. Rommel, you magnificent bastard; I read your book!Actually, it is a pretty good book. He demonstrates the ability to think decisively but with good sense, and after describing each battle or action, he analyzes what went right and wrong for both sides. He obviously wanted to learn and to teach what he'd learned from experience. He was committed to victory, but only at a minimal cost - this was not some callous cannon-fodder-flinging commander. There were times of classic German understatement th [...]

    6. Leitura densa e carregada de detalhes técnicos que muitas vezes podem tornar o livro detalhista demais, porém, essa é a proposta aqui do General. Esclarecer como forjou sua reputação e habilidades em campo de batalha com extrema determinação e disciplina. Sem sombra de dúvidas um dos maiores militares que esteve em ação em ambas as maiores guerras da humanidade. Leitura obrigatória para quem quer entender os mínimos detalhes da guerra de trincheiras. Tenho a nítida impressão que es [...]

    7. Excellent book on leadership without politics; tactics without doubt; Soldiering without prejudice. A must read for all new leaders, and a great refresher for seasoned veterans. rest assured this is about a German warrior, not a NAZI political machine. Yes, he was a tool in that mechanism, but he prefered the militarism, tactics and strategies of war far more than the political necessities. Rommel was a great tactician and strategist.

    8. A must read for every infantry & small unit leader. Rommel was bold & brilliant and he had audacious & amazing victories to show for it. He was a phenominal combat leader, it's too bad he was fighting for the wrong side When in doubt - ATTACK!

    9. Nothing like the truth as understood by a man writing from personal experience. My father fought his Afrika Corps in North Africa.

    10. Excellent book which put great insight on the author' s own achievements. The precise description of the battles were stripped of political background and focused on military strategy.

    11. This book is halfway between a First World War memoir and a small unit tactics field manual. To which I emphasise the technical detail to which the author analyses his command of infantry units during his deployments during the Great War, as this forms most of the book's contents. I mention this to say that if you have little interest in or appreciation of this kind of technical consideration then this book will likely leave you unsatisfied. However as a first hand account of the war from a Germ [...]

    12. "Time stood still. A few months ago we would have laughed had we been told that this kind of miserable existence was even possible."This is an astonishingly detailed first-hand account of Erwin Rommel's experiences in the First World War as an officer in his mid-twenties. Eager to fight for his country and prove his mettle, Rommel manages to avoid death at the hands of opposing forces, the elements, and friendly fire time and again.His truly extraordinary journey takes readers from trenches of w [...]

    13. This book is not a manual of military instructions. It is rather a memoir of Rommel during WWI, where he was a junior officer leading small units into battle. In this memoir Rommel gives detailed information on the battles that he fought in variety of terrains, from trenches to mountains as part of the Wurttemberg Mountain Battalion. To read the book is not only to see war through the eyes of a man, during WWII would be considered one of the war's mots brilliant generals, but also to come to kno [...]

    14. Estoico, brillante, valiente, eficaz. Rommel luchaba hombro a hombro con los soldados rasos, atacaba a la bayoneta cuando estaba acorralado, corría días enteros sin comer ni dormir, era capaz de rendir compañías enteras con un discurso y una pistola. No temía al fracaso, respondía naturalmente cuando tenía una responsabilidad sobre sus hombros, siempre buscó triunfar, y casi siempre lo logró. El zorro del desierto era un guerrero feroz pero caballeroso, apolítico, empático, inteligent [...]

    15. "I don't know which I should admire more, your courage before the enemy or your courage before your superiors." - Pg 215 - The Fight At Longarone[Captain Kremling to Major Sproesser in response to his refusal of a halt order; which permitted the Rommel detachment to press an attack that captured an entire Italian Division and subsequently earn them both the Pour Le Merit. -KF]

    16. More of a self-promoting autobiography than a manual of infantry attacks, this book is still worth reading for anyone who wants to learn about WWI, WWII or Rommel. It traces Rommel's experiences in WWI, starting on the western front at the start of the war, then moving to the mountains in southeast Europe fighting against the Romanians, Italians and Russians. This book was insightful for a couple of reasons. First, most of the books I have read about WWI (like All Quiet on the Western Front) foc [...]

    17. Este livro é um retrato fiel e conciso da experiência militar de Rommel durante a Primeira Guerra Mundial. Foca-se essencialmente nas tácitas e combate, deixando de parte tudo o que não se enquadrava, como por exemplo a vida pessoal do jovem tenente. Escrito numa linguagem técnica mas acessível, relata os estratagemas empregues por Rommel para alcançar a vitória nas várias campanhas em que este envolvido, sempre com um cuidado para minimizar o custo. O mais interessante deste livro é q [...]

    18. Written during the interwar period and leading, in part to Rommel’s notoriety in the German Officer Corps, Attacks looks at his experiences in WWI as a platoon leader and company commander on the Western Front first, then switching to his famous command in the Württemberg Mountain Battalion where he won his Pour Le Merite. Rommel’s style is easy to follow and the way he captures ‘lessons learned’ at the end of each chapter makes this a book that’s easily read in pieces. Rommel’s com [...]

    19. I have long been fascinated by the "legend" of the Desert Fox. To truly understand the tactical brilliance of Rommel, you must study his experiences as an infantry officer in WW I on first the Western Front and then in the mountains of the Italian front. It was here that the Fox was born.Infantry Attacks is Rommels book explaining his infantry tactics during WW I. The text would later be adopted by the German military during the enter-war years as Rommel served as an instructor in the Reichswehr [...]

    20. This book may not be for everyone; however, anyone interested in military history and military tactics will likely find it fascinating. Rommel has a writing style that is very personal, revealing much of not only what he did but also what his feelings were and why he did it. Throughout the book, the decisions he made it combat easily show why he came to be one of the top German generals in WW2. If you are looking for a great book on WWI this book will show you the war in a way you may have never [...]

    21. The first purpose for this book, it seems, was for Rommel to blow his own horn. That being said, it provides an interesting look at small unit actions in various theaters during the Great War, particularly looking at the role of command and planning in such actions. My favourite parts are Rommel's reflections on the lessons learned from each action, as I can see manifestations of these in his WWII career. Pretty entertaining, definitely self effacing, but I think valuable in its context.

    22. This is truly an amazing book. It shows a lot of brilliant insights into an amazing man. The level of details of every single encounter, day after day, and the analysis after each shows both a tactical and strategic perspective that does not reflect his years. And, the way he writes is very engaging for such a dry topic. I really enjoyed looking out from the eyes of the Desert Fox worth every minute of its reading.

    23. It's a quintessential account of WWI from a German perspective and a mandatory read for infantry officers for the warrior philosophy, but for the average joe just wanting an account of WWI, it's a very dry, historical read that scans like a textbook much of the time. In it's "groove", it's a necessary read, but if you're just a casual military/WWI buff, you may find yourself putting it down to take a break from time to time.

    24. The simplicity, humility and lucidity with which this tactical genius describes complex battles are amazing. Not once does he show contempt for the enemy or forgets to mention the effort of the men under his command - citing the fallen by name whenever possible.After each encounter he includes his analysis of the factors that granted those results, and what could have been done to make the situation better or to prevent casualties.

    25. Autobiografie van Rommel tijdens WOI. Biedt enorm veel inzicht in de "burden of command", de oorlogsvoering tijdens WOI en de psyche van een leider die over leven en dood beslist. Verder wordt duidelijk dat oorlogsvoering vooral afhankelijk is van beslissingen op het moment, veelal impulsief, en dat de manschappen het allerbelangrijkste zijn. Een must-read voor fans van oorlogsvoering, leiderschap, WOI en Rommel.

    26. While it's hubris cannot be ignored, consider the time frame which it was written in. This book is easily the best look into the tactical level of field command I have ever read. Concisely written, detailed maps are invaluable to understand how the battles unfold. My hat is off to all the soldiers of the Wurttenberg Mountain Batallion, without their efforts this book would not of been possible.

    27. Fantastic read. Not only does it give you an insight into the tactical genius of Rommel, but it gives you a great look at the "enemy" of the first world war. Even in fighting, the Germans tried to treat their enemies with respect and dignity, preferring to give their enemies a chance to surrender before attacking. I seriously recommend this book to anyone interested in military tactics of the first World War.

    28. Tactical lessons from a brilliant mind in a challenging time. Terrific read for any tactically concerned military officer. The diary of FM Rommel takes the reader through the inner thoughts of an up and coming junior officer in the First World War. The lessons taken from this book can be applied at all levels of tactical leadership. The author spares no detail in retelling the story of his and his unit(s) trials and tribulations.

    29. Rommel's memoirs of his experiences as an infantry officer in World War I, a much less famous period than his later service in World War II as the general in charge of first the Afrika Korps and then Hitler's Atlantic Wall defensive system.Rommel wrote this to illustrate the tactical principles that led to his success in both wars, i.e. his relentlessness and innovation. For any student of modern military history or the tactical/operational art, this is an important book.

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