Book Review: Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield

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I bor­rowed this book from the local library.

My rat­ing for Killing Rom­mel — 5
"Killing Rom­mel" is a his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel by Steven Press­field (web­site | Twit­ter | Face­book) which takes place in the early 1940's when Gen­eral Erwin Rom­mel's (The Dessert Fox) troops were intent on cap­tur­ing the Mid East oil fields in order to sup­port Germany's war machine in its attempt of world con­quest.
Stop­ping the Eight Army was an essen­tial and sig­nif­i­cant part of the Allies' coun­terof­fen­sive plan. 

  • 320 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Broadway
  • ISBN: 0767926161

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"Killing Rom­mel" by Steven Press­field is not only a fas­ci­nat­ing story about the Long Range Dessert Group (LDRG), but it is also an accu­rate por­trayal of how war is fought — months of bore­dom pep­pered with sec­ond and moments of sheer exhil­a­ra­tion, dis­or­ga­ni­za­tion and horror.
Long Range Dessert Group (LRDG) Badge

The story is rich in detail; the author describes the tanks, guns, trucks, tac­tics and more with a lot of pas­sion and eye for the obvi­ous and not-so obvi­ous. The book intro­duces the leg­ends of not only the LRDG, but also the con­tri­bu­tion of the Spe­cial Air Ser­vice (SAS) as well as Popski's Pri­vate Army - a group which I must read some more about.

Even though the details are some­times exhaust­ing, I for­got that I was read­ing a fic­tional account (even though the author main­tained that the events were real, but expe­ri­enced by sev­eral patrols) and felt as if I was read­ing an excit­ing his­tory book about these dar­ing raids.

Erwin Rom­mel — The Dessert Fox

The story  is pre­sented through the eyes of Lieu­tenant R. Lawrence Chap­man (Chap) a fic­tional tank com­man­der who was "loaned" to a famed com­mando unit called the Long Range Dessert Group (LDRG) to help asses the dessert for pass­able routes when the big inva­sion comes.

Chap quickly becomes friends with his the mem­bers of his new unit and meets some his­tor­i­cal per­son­al­i­ties which have since become leg­endary(Jake Eason­smith, Paddy Mayne, Ron Tin­ker, Nick Wilder, Vladimir "Pop­ski " Peni­akoff and more). These per­son­al­i­ties give his­tor­i­cal authen­tic­ity to this fic­tional account of war. One of the group's mis­sions is to find out where Rom­mel is and call in an air-strike, hence the title of the book.

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