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

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

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

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

Synopsis

Covering the Battle of Normandy from the German point of view, this book examines the impact the "Desert Fox" had on the build-up of German defenses in Normandy and elsewhere, dubbed by the Propaganda Ministry as the "Atlantic Wall". Rommel realized how deceptive this term was upon his inspection of German defenses in 1943. Convinced that the Allies knew more about the actual state of German readiness than many of his officers did, the Desert Fox set out to fortify German positions. In the weeks prior to D-Day, Rommel analyzed Allied bombing patterns and concluded that they were trying to make Normandy a strategic island in order to isolate the battlefield. Rommel also noticed that the Allies had mined the entire Channel coast, while the naval approaches to Normandy were clear. Realizing that Normandy would be the likely site of the invasion, he replaced the poorly-equipped 716th Infantry Division with the battle-hardened 352nd Infantry Division on the coastal sector, but his request for additional troops was denied by Hitler. Mitcham offers a remarkable theory of why Allied intelligence failed to learn of this critical troop movement, and why they were not prepared for the heavier resistance they met on Omaha Beach. Mitcham uses a number of little-known primary sources which contradict previously published accounts of Rommel, his officers, and the last days of the Third Reich. These sources provide amazing insight into the invasion of Normandy from the German perspective. They include German personnel records, unpublished papers, and the manuscripts of top German officers like General of Panzer Troops Baron Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg, the commander of Panzer Group West. The Desert Fox in Normandy also contains a thorough examination of the virtually ignored battles of the Luftwaffe in France in 1944. Rommel, a master of mobile warfare, developed a cunning defense strategy for Normandy and fought a brilli

Excerpt

When I visited the United Kingdom and the European mainland in the summer of 1994, I was encouraged by several friends to write the story of the Normandy invasion from the German point of view. It certainly was not hard to convince me to do so, because I had done a book of a similar nature. (Twelve or more years ago I wrote a book entitled Rommel's Last Battle, but much has been written and uncovered since then.) This project quickly developed into one focusing on the generalship of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, and the last 10 months of his incredible life.

To understand history, one must read biography--especially the biographies of famous leaders. This goes against the current fad in many American universities--where it is considered unfashionable or "politically incorrect" to study or write about "DWMs" (dead white males), a term usually muttered by leftist and largely socialist professors with a slight air of contempt, condescension, and perceived (and self-ordained) intellectual self-superiority. Unfortunately, these people write as they think, which is why so much garbage and so little of substance or importance is being produced by the vast majority of them. Like it or not, we owe our Western Civilization, our democratic and religious institutions, our values, and most things that make life worth living, to DWMs--not to affirmative action and similar scams.

DWMs have also produced a great deal of havoc and mischief. The worst one to appear in our century (with the possible exception of Stalin) was Adolf Hitler. Democratically elected (he garnered the same percentage of the popular vote as did Bill Clinton in 1992 and Abraham Lincoln in 1860), he quickly established himself as the master of Germany while simultaneously increasing his popularity and expanding German space--initially by peaceful means. When these methods failed and he . . .

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