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At the time of the book's writing in the mids, Rommel's rank was lieutenant colonel. Rommel had planned to write a successor called Panzer greift an in English: Tanks Attack about tank warfare, and gathered much material during the North Africa Campaign. However, he was forced to commit suicide before completing this work. Throughout the book, Rommel reports assigning small numbers of men to approach enemy lines from the direction in which attack was expected.
The men would yell, throw hand grenades and otherwise simulate the anticipated attack from concealment, while attack squads and larger bodies of men sneaked to the flanks and rears of the defenders to take them by surprise. These tactics often intimidated enemies into surrendering, thus avoiding unnecessary exertion, expenditure of ammunition, and risk of injury. In , an abridged version titled, more simply, Attacks! The translator was Lieutenant Colonel Gustave E.
Kidde without permission from Rommel, according to the foreword to the edition published by Stackpole Books. Infanterie greift an was first published in and helped to persuade Adolf Hitler to give Rommel high command in World War II, although he was not from an old military family or the Prussian aristocracy , which had traditionally dominated the German officer corps.
It was printed in Germany until By then, about , copies had been published. The book is still in print, and was most recently published in German in The book was also used throughout the West as a resource for infantry tactical movements. General George S. Patton was among the many influential military leaders reported to have read Infantry Attacks. Before this, the camera focuses on a book on Patton's nightstand, The Tank in Attack Panzer greift an , a book which Rommel had planned to write but never completed.
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In this title, he recalls his I expected this book to be quite dry but was pleasantly surprised to find that Rommel wrote an engaging account of his many exploits as a junior office in WWI. I was impressed with his drive and his Infantry Attacks.
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