By Marshall Erwin Rommel Infantry Attacks on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Published August 29th by Greenhill Books (first published ) .. In Infantry Attacks, we get a clear look at Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s life before his. It certainly is. The hard lessons of war are learned through the blood and death of others. Only fools want to learn these lessons again with their.

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Hughes is dead 59 18 Sep 30, I rode in the locomotive, looking now into the firebox then out into the rustling, whispering, sultry summer’s night wondering what the next few days would bring.

During the night my ailing stomach again robbed me of sleep. Likewise, they failed to observe proper security precautions during this retreat and during the combat in the fields.

Some four hundred yards north of Bleid we reached the road connecting Gevimont and Bleid without having encountered the enemy. An attack in a village is usually accompanied by heavy casualties and should be avoided whenever possible. The troops sang and at every stop were showered with fruit, chocolate, and rolls. He was extremely displeased at my report and ordered me to return to Villancourt by way of the regimental command post and inform General Ganger that the 1st Battalion of the th Regiment had to be under regimental control by daybreak.

We moved out with Lieutenant Kirn in command of the point. Again I found myself well in advance of my own line with my platoon. Estoico, brillante, valiente, eficaz.

The sergeant had assembled the outfit and marched it back to our battalion in the vicinity of Mont. Again they brought mail with them.

A reconnaissance detail which went out and gathered in a dozen prisoners reported that some thirty dead and wounded French littered the field. Our own front line was now dug in and there was little to see of the enemy who still held Tronsol farm. The band played as if we were on practice maneuvers.

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What strikes the modern reader most about the book is that it has a very different view of World War One fighting than we are used to. Wherever we ran into the enemy, he either surrendered or took cover in the building recesses from which he was soon routed.

My rifle cracked; the enemy’s head fell forward on the step.

Infantry Attacks

Dawn was breaking as I got back to the Regiment on Hill On the other side of the valley, the glasses showed enemy defense positions on Hills and west and northwest of Rembercourt. We were still being fired on through the fog from a building on the far side of the street, but the fire was high. Regimental divine services were held in the bright sunlight, and in the evening the proud 6th Wiirttemberg Regiment marched out to resounding band music and entrained for Ravensburg.

A bopk ground fog lay on the dew-covered fields, limiting visibility to a scant fifty yards. I quickly informed my men of my intention to open fire.

Colonel Haas asked whether I would make a trip through the woods to the 1st Battalion at Villancourt.

His story begins on July 31,the eve of war. Colonel Haas praised the work of the 2d Battalion. Perhaps a bit self-promotional, but also relates episodes when his decisions did not end successfully and includes praise for both subordinates and superiors.

To the south in the direction of Verdun we could see artillery flashes and hear the shell bursts. Oct 14, Megan rated it liked it.

Infantry small-arms fire could be heard again, but the artillery had ceased firing. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. I left the platoon in the shelter of the hedge and sent out a scouting detachment to make contact with our neighbors on the erwij and with our own outfit. Occasional shots were heard far in the distance.

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We then proceeded about a half mile without further trouble. From there I galloped across to the machine guns, had them cease fire, dismounted and handed my horse to the first man nearby and then took charge of a platoon which I led to the left of the battalion.


At this moment Frenchmen suddenly appeared at all doors and windows and opened fire. Oct 20, Mark C.

Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel

In the Chief and Othain sectors, we had short but violent fights. We lay huddled in our miserable trench with little protection against fragments from shells that burst in our vicinity. All copies in the Eibrary of Congress and in the Army Eibrary in the Pentagon have, however, mysteriously disappeared. Shells ploughed up the slope and filled the air with dirt and stones. I waved my platoon forward and we proceeded up both sides of the Gevimont-Bleid road. We continued the march, and at nightfall a torrential downpour set in.

Deploying, I led my fairly large force from the edge of the woods in the direction of Gesnes.

We paid a heavy price for this tactical error when the enemy opened on us with well-aimed rifle fire at a range of one hundred fifty yards. They brought us food and drink, but we were still ingantry and made them sample the food before helping ourselves.

My horse got a stall in the stable. Strange to say, no enemy infantry could be located.

To which I emphasise the technical detail to which the author analyses his command of infantry units during his deployments during the Great War, as this forms most of the book’s contents. My hunch was correct for they were ahead of the front line.

He must exercise care and caution, look after his men, live under the same hardships, and—above all— apply self discipline. Thanks to poor enemy marksmanship, we had suffered no casualties up to this time.

To speed reporting I seized six bicycles giving quartermaster receipts in return. Before this, the camera focuses on a book on Patton’s wrwin, The Tank in Attack Panzer greift ana book which Rommel had planned to write attzcks never completed.