I have read this with great interest.
1st point, Allied and Axis weapons
When the sherman tank made its appearance in North Africa it couldmatch the Panzer II , III and IV as the 75MM on the Sherman could match all 3 with the short barrels, however when the Long barrelled Mark IV appeared, as they where in such small numbers in North Africa and Tunisia, the Sherman began to show its weakness, when the ministry appeared in North Africa to check on the reliability of the Sherman, every person that they asked on the operations of the Sherman including the 75mm, all replied that the Tank was more than satisfactory and could cope with the Panzer. This is where the ministry made the mistake and never reviewed this again, until after Normandy!? hence why allied tanks where fitted with the 75mm.
An interview once with a captured british officer and Rommel,
British officer complained of the "unfairness on using 88mm for anti tank operations against the infantry tank( Matilda II)"
Rommel replied " It is unfair to use tanks that only the 88mm could penatrate at a reasonable distance!".
Sten V Mp40: Mp40 by far as did not have a habit of jamming or going off on its own accord!
Bren V Mg34 : More difficult, Bren was far more accurate and 750 rpm
Mg34 900 rpm, but still quite accurate but could lay down more support fire.
Mg42: though not around in the desert campaigns, was and still is a class of its own.
88mm took the allies several attempts to match this gun, I believe was still the better weapon and held in great respect by the allies. However after capturing 3.7 ack ack guns at Dunkirk, the Germans could never work out why the british never used this gun in the same way they used the 88?
Lee Enfield V K98 : K98 Rifle by far as a more powerful round 7.92 and longer range, much prefered weapon by snipers once fitted with a telescopic sight, and in some countries even today it still well thought of by these unique soldiers.
As for Rommel V Monty?
Rommel was a Gambler and quick to read a battlefield, could also be very flexible hence the turnaround after Operation Battle axe, in this operation the British had an advantage in Tank Numbers by I think 3 to 1.
But the British still lost!. Rommel also became very obsessed with taking Tobruck on two occasions, but it is strongly felt he could caused more damage to the British if he had pushed on more.
If Hitler had not been so obsessed with Russia and listened to Rommel, as Rommel believed that North Africa was the answer of defeating Britian by driving through North Africa and onto the Oil fields, then onto the Caucases in Russia, for Churchill, in his memoirs, wrote that this was his worst fear.
Monty came to the Desert with allready prepared positions at El Alemien, as General Auckinleck had decided to make a stand there, but Monty also inherited a rather demoralised Army, to which to his credit he turned round and did defeat the DAK , with a larger force than the DAK, this had allready been tried once by the British with larger numbers and been defeated, but Monty won the day as he chose the battle field and not Rommel and he dictated the battle as well, but lets not forget that the DAK where not a pushover, and this is what Monty Knew.
We also forget that in principle Operation Market Garden was a bold move, but if two SS Panzer Divisions wern't on the planned route and various Fallschmjager units all elite, perhaps it may of been different.
D day + 90 Monty planned for the Allies to be on the River Seine, the Allies where, Monty has taken a lot of stick over Normandy, but don't forget out of the 11 Panzer Divisions in Normandy the British and Canadians where facing 9 of the 11, Only in the attack at Mortain did the allies have equal Numbers and by which time operation Cobra was wll in advance.
If Rommel had not been restricted by the German High Command would the outcome be different, I personally think not, as the Germans had allready felt the power of Naval bombardments, which did help save the Beachhead at Gela in Sicily and Selerno in Italy and the full weight of Allied airpower.
I think both were great Generals in their own right.