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The End of a Legend

Distributed for Haus Publishing


The End of a Legend

Erwin Rommel is the best-known German field commander of World War II. Repeatedly decorated for valor during the First World War, he would go on to lead the German Panzer divisions in France and North Africa. Even his British opponents admitted to admiring his apparent courage, chivalry and leadership, and he became known by the nickname “Desert Fox.” His death, in October 1944, would give rise to speculation for generations to come on how history should judge him. To many he remains the ideal soldier, but, as Reuth shows, Rommel remained loyal to his Führer until forced to commit suicide, and his fame was largely a creation of the master propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Stripping away the many layers of Nazi and Allied propaganda, Reuth argues that Rommel’s life symbolizes the complexity and conflict of the German tragedy: to have followed Hitler into the abyss, and to have considered that to be his duty.

230 pages | 60 halftones | 5 x 8

History: European History

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“The legend of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel—the Desert Fox—is threefold: he was a simple soldier who did his duty and knew nothing of Nazism; he was a commander of superlative talent who ran rings around the British in North Africa in 1941-42; he was a leader in resistance to Hitler and gave his life to the cause after the failure of the July 1944 plot. In this lucid, exemplary volume, Reuth shows that all three of these assumptions are false . . . and reveals the truth in a brilliant book.”

Frank McLynn | Independent

Table of Contents

1. Introduction // 1, 2. Hitler’s General // 4, 3. The Army Commander // 71, 4. The Creation of Propaganda // 107, 5. The Victim // 146, 6. The Legend // 185, Index // 221.

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