Knight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel


Knight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel by David Fraser. Published by Harper Collins, dated 1994. Contains several black & white photographs and maps. ISBN 0-06-01822-9, LOC 93-43832

David Fraser's book brings to Rommel's career not only the perceptions of an acclaimed biography, but those of a distinguished soldier too: his insights into Rommel's mind and methods carry the authority of experience. He shows how inspiringly spontaneous and superficially haphazard Rommel's style of leadership could be.

Publisher's Note

An in-depth biography of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel written with the cooperation of Rommel's son, by a renowned military analyst and historian who is himself a general.


  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Maps
  • Acknowlegements

Part 1: 1891-1918

  • 'Keep the Right Wing Strong'
  • The Swoop of the Falcon
  • Gebirgsbataillon
  • Pour le Mérite

Part 2: 1919-1939

  • Soldier Without Politics
  • Darkness and Dawn
  • A Personal Assignment

Part 3: 1939-1940

  • Command from the Front
  • 'To the Last Breath of Man and Beast'
  • The Ghost Division

Part 4: 1941-1943

  • Sunflowers in Africa
  • 'The Seydlitz of the Panzer Corps'
  • Panzer Grouppe Afrika
  • 'Rommel an der Spitze!'
  • 'Heia Safari!'
  • The End of the Line
  • Watershed
  • Curtainfall

Part 5: 1943-1944

  • The Sunray Lamp
  • Invasion
  • The Last Battle
  • 'For the Honour of Germany'
  • 'What did Rommel Know?'
  • A Necessary End


  • Appendix: Chronology
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Index

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control No.: 93043832
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Personal Name: Fraser, David, 1920-
  • Main Title: Knight’s cross : a life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel / David Fraser.
  • Edition Information: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Published/Created: New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1993.
  • Description: xv, 601 p. : ill., maps; 25 cm.
  • ISBN: 0060182229 (cloth) : $30.00
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [568]-571) and index.
  • Subjects:
    • Rommel, Erwin, 1891-1944.
    • Marshals --Germany --Biography.
    • World War, 1939-1945 --Campaigns --Africa, North.
    • World War, 1939-1945 --Germany.
    • Africa, North --History, Military.
  • LC Classification: DD247.R57 F73 1993
  • Dewey Class No.: 940.54/23/092 B 20
  • Geographic Area Code: e-gx--- fn-----
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