An interesting article about Rommel's mistakes. The author suspects him of sabotage in favor of the British. Where is the problem. Woe from the mind ... The high average intellectual level of the Germans turns war into ordinary business.
Field Marshal Rommel actually destroyed the defense of the Wehrmacht in Normandy
He did not create a reserve in the rear, misplaced tank groups and suggested guessing the landing site in order to locate the main forces there .....
So Rommel proposed to send the main forces to Holland, considering that everything will happen exactly there.
But Hitler, heeding the voice of reason, refused this "offer"
And precisely in that, in which the allies did not plan to land.
Fans of Rommel sure that there is not a betrayal, but a fatal mistake. However, the fact is:
--Rommel reserves in the rear did not create
- the Allies quietly landed, smashed in parts the German units entered into the battle
- Using the lack of rear reserves from the enemy, the Allies made a dash to the “Siegfried Line” - they staged an experienced German generals in 1941.
"Guessing" Rommel called different landing sites, but whatever he called, it was not the place where the landing zone was ...
And when fortune, for obvious reasons, turned away from Rommel, which is not surprising since the supply was to hell, Rommel ran. This is how Kesselring describes it:
“I’m against the immediate withdrawal of Rommel’s army, because it would contradict the basic action plan for the defense of Tunisia, but I advocate withdrawing certain parts from the battlefield and redeploying to the west - provided that Rommel does not use this as a pretext for further weakening resistance and even faster retreat.
I must declare with all frankness that after El Alamein he did not offer the enemy the firm and decisive resistance that I, knowing him, had the right to expect from him. ”
When the situation in Africa became hopeless Rommel abandoned troops in Tunisia and fled to Europe.
In Germany, Rommel to the slaughter Hitler issued another army. When the threat of an Allied invasion of Italy arose, Rommel made another “erroneous” decision. Kesselring writes:
“As I have already noted, Rommel insisted on the evacuation of our troops from Africa. In Italy, we, in his opinion, had to hold back the enemy for some time, and then give him a real battle in the Apennines or the Alps. With such views on the conduct of hostilities on land, I was categorically disagree. "
Admirers of Rommel, explain: how could an outstanding commander repeatedly offer such idiotic solutions?
Can talk about Overlord as the greatest amphibious operation? Can the opening of the second front be considered the military achievement of the allies?
- Rommel won a war in Africa for the Allies, not allowing Malta to be captured
- success "Overvold" provided Rommel, not allowing the creation of a strong rear Wehrmacht
In other words, Rommel was an English spy, most likely recruited before the start of the Second World War