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Killing Rommel Book Report

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Killing Rommel Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield tells the story about an elite British commando unit, the Long Range Desert Group, and their mission to roam the North African desert. The mission was to stop Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Corps during World War II. Rommel, also known as the “Desert Fox”, was a German army general that Hitler could rely on for almost any mission given his exceptional tactics on the battlefield. Pressfield presents the story as a first person account memoir of a fictional citizen-soldier who goes by Lieutenant Lawrence Chapman, a British Eighth Army officer. Chapman is later selected to be a part of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) in 1942. Pressfield states how he did his best not to alter…show more content…
One fact that stood out to me was early on in the book when he described the heat situation inside of an army tank and said, “For every degree-Fahrenheit rise outside, interior temperature rose a degree and a half. Seventy out was 100 in…” (16). This is astonishing to me that the troops were in the desert with 100 degree weather and roasting in their tanks at 130 degrees. The novel flows nicely, beginning with how Chapman describing his journey to the LRDG. It unravels the mission, he and his comrades were ordered to do in the heat of World War II. There is no doubt that Pressfield wanted to keep the story in first person to account for the events in Chap’s memoir. He states in the prologue that it was in his best interest to keep as much as he could directly as Chap wrote while making it as easy to read as possible. This book is a work of fiction, but it incorporates many facts and real people. I think he did a fantastic job. There is a few confusing spots throughout the book when it gets into the technical stuff. One example is trying to keep track of all the different army divisions. There was never a time I was bored reading which is why I would recommend the
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