With Rommel in the Desert: Tripoli to El Alamein

by David Mitchelhill-Green (Author)
216 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword; 1 edition (July 10 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1473878756
ISBN-13: 978-1473878754

Prior to the outbreak of war in September 1939, the German Army had focused exclusively on the operational, organizational and training preparations needed to wage war in continental Europe. The threat of an Italian collapse in North Africa in early 1941, however, prompted Hitler to reinforce his ally by sending an armored blocking force to Libya. Not content to merely thwart the British from capturing Tripoli, Lieutenant-General Erwin Rommel harried his inexperienced expeditionary force eastward towards the Nile Delta.

This book is a pictorial narrative of the unfolding conflict from the arrival of the Deutsches Afrikakorps until Rommel’s departure from the battlefield in March 1943. We view the desert war, with its shifting fortunes and unique challenges, primarily through the lens of ordinary combatants. This is their personal record of serving with Rommel in the desert.

Notes on Photographic Sources
Chapter One Intervention in North Africa
Chapter Two Tourists in Uniform
Chapter Three Wüste (Desert)
Chapter Four Tropical Uniforms and Awards
Chapter Five Zeltlager (Tent camp)
Chapter Six 1941
Chapter Seven Gefallene Kameraden (Fallen Comrades)
Chapter Eight 1942
Chapter Nine 1943 – The End
Appendix African Sketchbook

If you are into the North African war and Rommel then should be on the bookshelf. Great read, excellent photos that are all well captioned and should give some inspiration to modellers interested in dioramas.

Once again another great addition to the Images of War series by Pen & Sword.


Thanks to Pen & Sword for the review copy.