The Desert Fox in Normandy: Rommel's Defense of Fortress Europe

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APPENDIX IV
ROMMEL'S SCHEDULE, March 23-June 4, 1944
March 23-27: five-day inspection of Belgium and the Netherlands with Meise, Lattmann, Tempelhoff, and Ruge. Met with General von Falkenhausen (a fellow conspirator) in Brussels. Also visited Calais and Abbeville.
March 29: consulted with General Hermann Geyer, a highly respected general of infantry and acknowledged defensive expert, at La Roche-Guyon. Geyer had been relieved by Hitler on December 31, 1941--(for conducting an unauthorized retreat during the Battle of Moscow)--and was never reemployed. To the Desert Fox's delight, Geyer agreed with Rommel's concepts entirely.
March 30: inspected the Bay of the Seine sector, including the 711 th, 716th, 352nd, and 77th Infantry Divisions. Conferenced with Rundstedt in Rouen.
March 31: lunch with Admiral Krancke. Again unable to convince him to mine the Bay of the Seine.
April 1: in Paris, inspecting a plant manufacturing reinforced concrete and a revolving concrete turret.
April 2: visit to 15th Army Headquarters.
April 3-5: inspecting on both sides of the Seine.
April 6: visited HQ, 19th Army.
April 7: in the Dieppe area, inspecting 245th Infantry Division.
April 8: at 15th Army Headquarters.
April 9: conference with Blumentritt, then Geyr.
April 10: meeting with Rundstedt to discuss the deployment of the panzer divisions.
April 11-14: visited Brittany; conferred with General Staube at St.-Malo. Inspected the defenses at and in the vicinity of Brest, Lorient, Saint-Nazaire, and Le Mans. Also inspected the engineer school at Angers.
April 15-16: at La Roche-Guyon. Met with Speidel, Stuelpnagel, von Luettwitz, von Falkenhausen, and von Schwerin. Topic: how to overthrow the Nazi regime and establish contact with the Western Allies.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Chapter 1 - The Atlantic Wall 1
  • Chapter 2 - D-Day 57
  • Chapter 3 - Holding Fast 93
  • Chapter 4 - Cherbourg 129
  • Chapter 5 - The Crumbling Fortress 141
  • Chapter 6 - A pitiless Destiny 179
  • Appendix I - Table of Equivalent Ranks 203
  • Appendix II - German Staff Abbreviations 205
  • Appendix III - Characteristics of Opposing Tanks 207
  • Appendix IV - Rommel's Schedule, March 23-June 4, 1944 209
  • Bibliography 213
  • Index 219
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