Rommel: The Desert Fox


Known as the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel was one of Germany’s greatest military leaders. Having soared through the ranks after numerous victories during the First World War, he became an integral part of the Axis command, and he was one of the few who held Hitler’s ear. But how did his experiences in WW1 shape the military commander he became, and what happened to him after WW2?

In this episode James welcomes Dr Martin Samuels to the podcast to take a deep dive into Rommel’s life and career, and examine his legacy today. Looking at his role at El Alamein, his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler, and his ultimate exile – what can we learn about the Desert Fox, and how did his actions help shape the course of the World Wars?

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