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He was a brilliant front-line commander and a tactical genius whose “intuitive sense of the battlefield made him one of the greatest generals in history.” During the First World War, he pioneered the rapid advances and flanking maneuvers that would become his trademark decades later. In August 1914, as a platoon commander, he captured a French garrison with the aid of just three men. He was awarded the Iron Cross for valor and promoted to Oberleutnant. Three years later, in August 1917, Captain Erwin Rommel led “three rifle companies and a machine gun unit” in an offensive on a fortified mountain position during the Caporetto Campaign. With just 150 men, Rommel captured 9,000 Italian troops including 150 officers. Rommel’s daring assault earned him the prestigious Pour le Merite, or Blue Max, which was awarded as “a recognition of extraordinary personal achievement.” By the end of the war, Rommel had distinguished himself as a fearless combatant, a skillful tactician and an able commander. He was already well on his way to becoming one of the most revered military leaders in Germany.

Rommel was a throwback to an earlier era, a stalwart trooper who placed honor and duty above all else. As Jurgen von Arnium says in his article on Rommel:

“His sense of valor and chivalry were the stuff of King Arthur’s knights, but it was his “boldness, use of surprise, readiness to accept risks” and above all his “intuitive sense of the battlefield” that made Rommel one of the greatest generals in military history.”….

“His devotion to the profession of arms was in the best tradition of the gentleman. In a total war fought savagely and brutally, he inspired admiration for his treatment of prisoners. He was not tainted by Nazism….With his troops he enjoyed a deep rapport. He cared for them, and although he demanded their best and more, he never squandered them. Without pretension, modest, he tackled all his tasks with clarity, energy, and common sense.” (Blumenson, 315, “Erwin Rommel”, Jewish Virtual Library)

Rommel’s performance during the Second World War nothing short of breathtaking. On May 9, 1940, he led the famed Seventh Panzer Division (the Ghost Division) across the German border into Belgium, over the Meuse and passed Dinant, slashing through French lines and onto Cambrais, Arras and beyond. He faced resistance at the Somme River but quickly outflanked his opponents and turned the battle into a rout. The Rommel juggernaut could be stopped. By the time the fighting had ended, Rommel’s division had “captured 97,648 prisoners, 277 field guns, 64 antitank guns, 458 tanks and armored cars, and more than 4,000 trucks.” Historians began to refer to Plan Gelb as as “the greatest battle of annihilation of all time.” Naturally, Rommel’s reputation soared and he became the darling of domestic propaganda films. On returning to Germany, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and sent to Libya where he assumed command of the Afrika Korps. Here’s an excerpt from the magazine, Warfare History Network:

“In North Africa Rommel proved to be a superb tactician, repeatedly outflanking his British and Commonwealth opponents and pushing them across hundreds of miles of desert to the Egyptian frontier. Rommel seemed to anticipate his enemy’s actions, and his reputation soared to near-mythical status. In the process, Rommel earned the nickname of the Desert Fox.” (“Field Marshal Erwin Rommel: The “Desert Fox”, WW2 History Magazine)

As Commander of the Afrika Korps, Rommel delivered a lethal blow to the British 8th Army at Tobruk in 1942 forcing the surrender of 34,000 men. Rommel’s battlefield successes in Libya won him international fame as well as the admiration of his peers. By late 1942, however, Rommel’s forces were overstretched and outnumbered. He was attacked relentlessly by land and by air. At the Battle of El Alamein, his battered forces faced a stunning defeat which led to a long fighting retreat that ended in surrender in Tunisia in May 1943. Rommel was flown back to Europe where he was assigned the task of strengthening Germany’s defenses along France’s Channel coast (The Atlantic Wall) in order to fend off the expected Allied invasion.

Rommel’s preferred strategy was to fight the enemy on the beaches and prevent them from getting established, but that plan was rejected in favor of a more conventional strategy that placed reserves further from the front lines. This plan proved to be disastrous when the Normandy landing finally took place and the Germans found they had insufficient armored units to repel the invasion. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched “the largest seaborne invasion in history” which began the liberation of German-occupied France and, ultimately, the defeat of Nazi Germany on the Western Front. Fortress Europe had been breached and the end was now in sight.

Shortly after D-Day, Rommel was implicated in a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. On learning of Rommel’s involvement, Hitler ordered his favorite General to either commit suicide and be buried with honors, or stand trial for high treason and be hanged. Rommel chose to kill himself. On October 14, 1944, he was escorted to the back of a black sedan where he swallowed a cyanide capsule and died minutes later.

According to The International Churchill Society:

“A thoroughly decent man, Rommel had no use for the Schutz Staffel (SS), and no Waffen SS units served under him in North Africa. Hitler ordered that if any Germans serving in the French Foreign Legion were captured, they were to be shot as traitors. Rommel ignored the order. When the British SAS appeared in North Africa, Hitler issued his notorious Kommandobefehl to the effect that they were to be shot if captured. Rommel ignored this, too.” (“Erwin Rommel: May I say across the havoc of war, a great general”. – The International Churchill Society”)

Rommel’s favorite song was “The Tank Song” or Panzerlied. (although I have been unable to find biographical confirmation of this claim.) The song does not promote Nazi ideals or racial violence in any way. Even so, the song was banned in the Bundeswehr by Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen in 2017 “as part of new efforts at denazification.”

Here is a traditional rendering of the piece although similar versions have been removed from the Internet “for violating You Tube’s policy on hate speech.” I leave readers to make that judgement for themselves.

Panzerlied–First verse

Whether it storms or snows,
Whether the sun smiles upon us,
The day’s scorching heat,
Or the ice-cold of the night,
Dusty are our faces,
But joyous is our mind,
Yes, our mind.
Our tanks roar forward
Into the storm’s wind

 
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  1. Hi Mike. I would have to say the the Panzerleid was not Rommel’s favourite song. From what I remember, and can gather be limited research, it was written by Benjamin Frankel a British composer who wrote the music for the film “The Battle of the Bulge”. The film was released in 1965, so Rommel – no. I must admit when I was in the Australian Army (in tanks) the song was popular among the troops. It is quite a good rousing song. The effect I get when hearing it sung (hairs on my neck crawling) is similar when I hear the soliloquy in Act IV of Henry V when Henry is extolling the troops before the Battle of Agincourt.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  2. Gunga Din says:

    I’ve done extensive reading and research into WW2 and Hitler. While Rommel was one of the best tacticians, Hitler was one of the all-time worst strategists. Had he not been the revenge seeking egotistical hothead that he was and simply bided his time until atomic warheads could be put on V-2’s, ….

    • Replies: @Just passing through
  3. is there a good hoolwyood movie, with stunning visuals and excellent sotry abour Rommel.

    • Replies: @Gunga Din
  4. Possibly one of the most profound books on WW2 is Bodyguard of Lies by Anthony Cave Brown. A difficult read to be sure but it is well referenced. It deals with the cat and mouse games, deliberate sacrifices of civilian populations (by the British) and protective ruses based mainly around the breaking of the ENIGMA codes. It was published in 1976 and though I had heard about it I have subsequently wondered why it remains relatively obscure.

    Unwilling to ‘google’ reviews of the book until I was finished ( 900 pages softcover) I fully expected it to be smeared as faulty history or some kind of ‘revisionist’ attempt at history. Instead it was mildly lauded but mainly ignored which could also be explained by the reviews having being written pre-internet.

    I mention this because it gives detailed information that the code breaking operations by the Allies did major harm to Rommel’s efforts not only by intercepting his intensions locally but in reading his orders from general staff headquarters. His battle orders were on Churchill’s desk before they reached him in some instances! Added to this was that the code breaking was also instrumental in effecting the devastating attacks on his scarce supply lines as they crossed the Mediterranean.

    So in addition to the laudatory examples by the author of Rommel’s brilliance as a general it could be added that he fought his campaign with a proverbial hand being tied behind his back.

    Cheers-

  5. Great article Mike, on a great soldier. Always like your work… more please.

  6. Gunga Din says:
    @The KP Factor

    The Desert Fox, starring James Mason.

  7. CharlieCanberra–

    Panzerlied was used in the movie version of The Battle of the Bulge but was written in June 1933, by Oberleutnant Kurt Wiehle while on his way to Königsbrück. “Wiehle adapted a German sailor’s song, writing lyrics more appropriate to the Panzerwaffe.”

    “At the time, Germany was clandestinely developing an armored force in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles. The song could be considered as a reflection of the German re-armament, launched in the same time frame as the song was written. It has gained fame in the English-Speaking world due to its usage in the 1965 film Battle of the Bulge.”

    I thought this might interest you.

  8. nickels says:

    Irving’s book makes the case that Rommel, though being surrounded by traitors, and influenced by them, was not in on the plots, despite being implicated.

    • Replies: @Quartermaster
  9. @ nickels,

    Irving is not to be trusted in his historiography though I realize that you stated makes “the” case as perhaps should be makes “a” case. I read The Desert Fox many years ago and cannot remember what he wrote in particular but I have read many books from varied historians more recently and remember that the accepted consensus is that Rommel had made an agreement to assume some authority after the plot with a view to be the figurehead to represent Germany in any negotiations with the allies given his high reputation with them.

    This would be enough to seal his fate, such as it was in the situation that ensued.

    As an aside, I know that Ron Unz wrote some favorable essays on David Irving but to know the man and his shenanigans is a different story. In short, David Irving is only for David Irving his ‘Real History’ but a label. It has been shown that he will interpret and omit certain documents to support any point he makes all in the interests of selling books.

    I have about a dozen of his books and can’t really say I enjoyed any one of them but slogged through them because I trusted him as being a documentary historian. It turns out that by being selective about which document to produce you can control the script. Somewhat like Hunter S Thomson hiding behind his self proclaimed ‘gonzo journalism’ to hide the fact that his stories are mainly embellished or made out of whole cloth.

    Now Irving is an admirable individual through his industry and the courage he has shown at times but he is a cad. I attended every one of his lectures in Toronto and he did put on a really good show before being banned from Canada. Just the same, publishing books is a gladiator sport and Irving would not hesitate in using his short sword on friend and foe alike just to be the last man standing. He as much admitted this while being grilled by the prosecution as to his motives in the first Zundel trial in Toronto. You can find the transcripts with google if so inclined.

    Cheers-

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @Truth3
  10. Hillbob says:

    Why this fascination with these subhuman monsters?

    • Troll: Jim bob Lassiter
  11. Tom Verso says:

    The theme of this article is one that periodically comes up in WW II mythological historiography, which ignores the FACT the THE War was on the Eastern Front.

    The fact of the matter is that Rommel (like Patton the other mythical general of Western WW II historiography), while no doubt a competent general, fought ‘skirmishes’ visa vis the conflagrations on the Eastern Front.

    Rommel (like Patton) never planned, managed or experience any combat on the scale of what were routine battles in the East (Moscow, Stalingrad, Caucauses, Kursk, Bagration to name a few.) Rommel (like Patton) wasn’t a “patch on the pants’ (so to speak) of German and Soviet Generals like Manstein and Zhukov, too name just two of the mighty Field Marshals fighting monstrously for three years in the East, while Rommel and Patton were living a very soft life indeed.

    Consider estimates of Bargation alone running as high as:

    Soviet Forces:
    2,500,000 personnel
    6,000 tanks and assault guns
    45,000 guns, rocket launchers and mortars
    8,000 aircraft
    Logistics: 70,000 trucks and 100 trains per day bringing supplies to the front.

    German Forces
    486,493 combat personnel, 849,000 total
    118 tanks
    452 assault guns
    3,236 field guns and howitzers
    920 aircraft

    • Agree: Hillbob
    • Replies: @Prester John
    , @Leon
  12. @CharlieCanberra

    According to this, the song text was written in 1933 by Oberleutnant Kurt Wiehle and set to an older tune.

    https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Panzerlied

  13. @Timur The Lame

    Let’s face it, every author picks and chooses documentation to support a point of view, regardless of topic. Irving is vilified because he is not an certified academic court historian, and dared to use source documents for which others would not even look. A generation earlier, Hitler hating AJP Taylor lost his certification for publishing the unforgivable – that German invasions followed Allied provocations.

    I agree that Irving is somewhat erratic, but what has caused that? I note that in his “landmark” case against the vile Lipstadt, he was forced to prosecute his own case because, as I understand it, he could not find a solicitor to represent him. Which came first, his being erratic, or his awakening to the power of the forces against him?

  14. Hossein says:

    Interesting article. The man was obviously a genious and a brave soldier as well. Not sure why no movies, besides the one with James Mason , has been made about him, Desert Fox.
    The German cinema is afraid of making movies about likes of this great general for fear of being anti semitic.

    Jodie Foster attempted to make a movie about leni Riefenstahl but Zionists of Hollywood forbade her too.

    The only movie that i have seen representing the German side was Cross of iron that was also gutted by Zionist influence as Sam Pekinpah claimed.

  15. @Hossein

    I saw a German movie about Erwin Rommel, made in 2012 that seemed reasonably accurate concerning Rommel’s involvement in the plot to kill Hitler. It was directed by Niki Stein and was entitled simply Rommel in German. (Rommel didn’t know about the assassination plot but was willing to approach the Allies for a negotiated peace in the event the Nazi government was overthrown, but as another commentator has noted, that was enough to condemn him.) I agree that justice wasn’t done to Willi Heinrich’s novel Das Geduldige Fleisch, by the dreadful Sam Peckinpah. Perhaps some German director will take on the project some day.

    • Replies: @Hillbob
    , @RVBlake
  16. Hillbob says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    Nevertheless , he was going to continue the war against the USSR. Wonder how that went

  17. @ Curmudgeon,

    If you understand the value of publicity and the dearth of solicitors your comment of Irving not being able to find one is ridiculous.

    I forgot to stress the fact that Irving is an egotist of the first order, he wanted to confront the opposition with his erudition and knowledge and come out, if not the victor then with his reputation greatly enhanced which would lead to greater sales of future books etc..

    In this he somewhat succeeded. To fight an experienced solicitor with an army of support staff, supposedly financed by Seven Spielberg to the tune of $15 million was no small chore. His greatest crowing point was that Lipstadt was afraid to take the stand to defend her book which was the crux of the issue.

    However his achilles heel was that he considered himself above mere mortals like you and I. His ego caused him to ignore the fact that even dim witted mafioso know that when they want to nail you, facts are simple irritants. Any sober person with an interest in the action knew he was going to lose.

    I followed the case daily through a blogger named Raeto West who sat in daily and reported the days events. It was great theater.

    What essentially undid Irving was the fact that Spielberg’s army uncovered no small amount of cunning duplicity in Irving’s research. Embarrassing details of Irving’s hiding purloined microfiches from Russian archives when he was granted access after the fall of the Soviet Union was the knockout punch.

    The final judgement was very fair to him and worth reading on his own site.

    He basically lost the last of his (literally) dying support when he caved on the Holocaust numbers to get released from incarceration (unjustly) and supported some kind of document (Reinhart?) that stated that 1.2 million or some such number died in the Holocaust. Typical Irving, try to fool both sides. But one side never supported him and the other side abandoned him. Hubris as in a Greek tragedy.

    Personal note, I have had e-mail exchanges with Irving pointing out basically what I posted above and he reacted briefly in a vein to only protect his fan base. Also I was there at a raucous meeting at German club after his original venue was cancelled and heard him proclaim that ” more people perished in Teddy Kennedy’s back seat than in the Holocaust” Great stuff but all heading in the same graveyard when some small upstart challenges Leviathan.

    Cheers-

    • Replies: @Truth3
    , @Curmudgeon
  18. @nickels

    Rommel was implicated by people I don’t recall. Rommel’s chief of staff, Hans Speidel had been involved and escaped; how I don’t recall. He later became a senior officer in the NATO command.

    The singing of Der Panzerlied was historically accurate in the movie “Battle of the Bulge.” The song had been written in the 30s and had become the unofficial song of the Panzer Corps in the late 30s. The translation above is a very poor translation.

  19. In mid-2000, I met an old veteran of the Afrika Korps; he went on at some length about the prowess of Rommel, but then he stopped and asked me if I had heard of Rommel. To his surprise, I laughed and told him there were very few men of my age in the US who had not heard of Rommel.

  20. Sean says:

    In Stolfi’s book on Hitler there is not a single reference to Rommel. If he was Hitler’s favourite general that explains why the Afrika Korps was given too many air assets for what was supposed to be an economy of force operation. Those planes were more needed in Russia.

    In North Africa Rommel proved to be a superb tactician, repeatedly outflanking his British and Commonwealth opponents

    Comparatively superb, the generals he faced were incompetent, and repeatedly charged straight at Rommel. Montgomery put a stop to that .

    Rommel’s daring assault earned him the prestigious Pour le Merite

    Balck and Von Bock did too. Balck was a better tactician than Rommel. It was not Rommel but Balck serving under Heinz Guderian in France who crossed the Meuse by taking a bridge north of Sedan on May 13, 1940, and was awarded the Knight’s Cross. Important to his ability to get results was how hard he drove his men, including using night for attacks rather than much needed sleep

    ‘So Lieutenant Colonel you were drunk on duty, well I going to have you shot: right now’

    . The German formula for success was (as with the armies of revolutionary France) a high tempo attack. Lots of 18-19 year olds helps with that. The youth bulge every time.

    [S]talwart trooper who placed honor and duty above all else

    Von Bock said the highest honour for a soldier was to die for his country. A commander’s duty is to win. The field marshal was accused of wanting to capture Moscow, but he insisted he wanted to destroy the enemy’s army, the bulk of which was right in front of him. After being stopped for two months Von Bock showed real military genius in front of Moscow, but it was too late.

    • Replies: @Prester John
  21. @Gunga Din

    V2s were a stupid idea from the very start, both the V1 and the V2 carried the same sized warhead (1 tonne of explosives) but he V1 cost 5,000 reichsmarks compared to the 100,000 reichsmarks of the V2 (although this was reduced from mass production down to 50,000 reichsmarks by the end of the war)

    The V3 gun was a better idea in my opinion and should have been implemented earlier.

  22. @Sean

    When asked during the course of a radio interview who he thought was Germany’s greatest WW II military commander the famous English military historian, John Keegan, replied “Albert Kesselring.” The interviewer expressed some surprise that it wasn’t Rommel. Keegan replied that although Rommel was a great tactician, K’s use of the mountainous central Italian terrain to his advantage against the Allies was one of the greatest tactical achievements ever–a textbook example of using the battlefield as one’s “ally.” He also pointed out that while Rommel was primarily a tactician, Kesselring was both tactician AND a brilliant strategist.

    • Replies: @Sean
  23. @Tom Verso

    Don’t forget Guderian, who never attained the rank of “Feldmarschall” (possibly in part because of his not-infrequent clashes with Der Fuhrer.

    • Replies: @Tom Verso
  24. @Hossein

    Das Boot is also a good film, there doesn’t seem to be much Zionist influence in it.

    • Replies: @Nicholas Stix
  25. Sean says:
    @Prester John

    Rommel was too easily discouraged/ headstrong in success strategically. The aforementioned excessive air assets, Kesselring might not have been able to affect , but must take responsibility for allowing his subordinate Rommel to get out of control and beyond supply lines. That was a bad strategic mistake. Kesselring had a good eye for defensive terrain but the terrain was there. Hs tactical skill in offence would be good, but hardly the level of Army Group Center generals or commander. I would rate Kesselring utilizing proven military principles, and a German equivalent of Montgomery.

    Kesselring did not hesitate to have non combatants shot to suppress partisan activity. Rommel was too tender minded. It was not the boy scouts he had joined. That aspect of Rommel’s personality was possibly one of the reasons why Hitler liked Rommel so much,

  26. Tom Verso says:
    @Prester John

    Yes of course.

    As I said, I just named two Generals: one German and one Soviet as illustrations of the type of the many ‘fighting’ Generals on the Eastern Front, which are largely ignored in Western histories, for obvious ideological reasons.

    Apart from famous Field Marshals, there are many lesser lights that don’t make it into the history books. Zhukov expresses his respect and admiration for many of them in his memoirs.

    My favorite general, whose name I don’t remember, was referred to in a book on Stalingrad. When a Soviet supply officer on the east bank of the river asks the general fighting on the west bank: What do you want me to send to you? The general replied:

    “Send boots! Tomorrow we will be fighting in the river”

  27. Cruel sea was not bad either.

  28. Truth3 says:
    @Timur The Lame

    David Irving is a rare scholar… he sought truth.

    He also knows 10.000x more about WW2 than you do, oh lame one.

  29. Truth3 says:
    @Timur The Lame

    You’re a clown.

    Irving was doomed from the start, the Jew juggernaut out for his blood did not win on account of truth… they simply submerged the judge (Gray) in a mountain of lies backed by the implicit threat of Jew vengeance upon any judge willing to be fair in that bench.

    I read the entire transcript. The movie ‘Denial’ was a mockery of justice.

  30. JackOH says:

    Fine piece, Mike.

    In the 1990s, C-SPAN interviewed an American academic historian who’d compiled a catalogue of notable generals. He left out Germany’s WWII generals, and I think a few other generals, too, because they’d fought for the wrong nation-states or causes. He offered a sketchy rationale that I’ve forgotten. I was staggered. He seemed a parody of the self-regarding, self-censoring court historian.

  31. Hitler exiled Rommel to a secondary theatre – N. Africa – because he both admired, and

    feared him: as a potential Caesar. As a tactical battlefield commander, up to

    the rank of divisional c/o, Rommel excelled; but leading larger formations

    from the front, as was his habit, sometimes led to losing control of

    of the entire situation, as during the November-December 1941

    Crusader battle in eastern Libya. Nonetheless, Rommel did amazing things

    while operating on a logistical shoestring…had Hitler given him a real force

    instead of just 3 German divisions, a few other bits and pieces, plus the Italians,

    and then secured his trans-Med supply lines by seizing Malta, Rommel would have

    surged all the way across Egypt in 1942, crossed the canal, and blasted into the oilfields….

    thus drastically re-shaping the entire war to the Axis’ vast advantage. But

    anglophile Hitler refused to do any of this because it would have collapsed the

    Brit empire then and there. More fool he.

  32. @Timur The Lame

    I don’t deny that Irving had a big ego and may well be a flawed character. The late Robert Faurisson claimed Irving rejected his advice. That doesn’t mean that his lawsuit wasn’t just. Lipstadt called him everything under the sun, short of him buggering a young boy in a church during Sunday service.
    The issue was sidetracked by the Holy of Holys. I have yet to see evidence that any solicitor was prepared to represent him. As you are well aware, here in Canada, Doug Christie became a pariah for defending Jim Keegstra, Ernst Zundel, and others. He could have been wealthy, but chose to seek the truth. Who has replaced him? No one, because it’s a career killer. The in house lawyer of my former employer told me that any allegation of “anti-Semitism” was a virtual death sentence for a lawyer in front of the law society, and very difficult to overcome, as it was a case of proving a negative – prove to us you aren’t. Defending an “anti-Semite” might be seen as proof of being anti-Semitic, as, in theory, lawyers have a moral code of conduct.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  33. conatus says:

    Rommel’s funeral song deserves a mention. Sure its a generic German soldier memorial song but it is more poignant than the boot stomping Panzer song.

    https://altcensored.com/watch?v=DkSWUtO09Hw

    • Replies: @Gunga Din
    , @Joe Stalin
  34. Rommel’s “Infantry Attacks” is an easy to read classic.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/250838.Infantry_Attacks

    I agree that Rommel looked great since the British were poorly led. The Germans looked great in Italy too as the allies’ Italian campaign was the most idiotic of the war. It was completely unnecessary to slog up the mountainous boot. More GIs died liberating Italy than in France! LtGen Mark Clark kept devising difficult and dangerous offensives that failed, yet he blamed division commanders and fired them.

    • Replies: @Ship Track
  35. Leon says:
    @Tom Verso

    There is nothing mythological about this article or subject and you are totally off the target with you Russian mythology.

  36. @Curmudgeon,

    I knew Doug Christie personally and found him to be intelligent, likeable and very competent. I made it a point to always attend when he was speaking in the Toronto area so as to be able to show and offer support. My admiration for him was, as you had mentioned, his courage and career self-sacrifice in the interests true justice and if not just for truth, then at least the (enshrined) right for individuals to offer opinions without fear of repression. Free speech as it were.

    Television and Hollywood is full of such noble and selfless attorneys eschewing money and fame for noble ideals but in real life there was only Doug Christie.

    As an aside he was surprisingly (grudgingly) admired by the system and given media access without the character assassinations that would be visited upon any other attorney in a similar role.
    I could never fully understand that. Perhaps it was his personal manner that softened any judge or media pundit. He did many television and radio talk shows and acquitted himself admirably.

    With regards to Irving and his supposed lack of finding any solicitor to defend him please read up a bit on that. There is plenty of information that he had no intention of finding one. No one was going to get him to play second fiddle on the world stage. Remember that he was the plaintiff! If he wanted representation and couldn’t find any, would he have filed suit?

    Every child rapist, mass murderer, terrorist, foreign spy and anti-semite (sic) in the world can find representation but according to you a media personality and accomplished author like David Irving is the only one in the world that nobody would touch even in a plaintiff role?

    It is too silly a notion to comment further on.

    Cheers-

  37. @ Truth3,

    You wrote that Irving knows 10x ( with some zeros) more about WW2 than I do. I think he knows much more than ten times. Let’s assume that you meant 10,000 times but the foam emanating from your mouth onto the keyboard caused you to miss the comma.

    OK, Irving knows 10,000 more about WW2 history than I do BUT I know 10,000 times more about WW2 history than you do. So where does that leave you? Back to the kiddie pool sport.

    Get your hero to come and defend himself. If I thought you knew anything about the issue I might post a reply outlining some major gaffes in Irving’s career to rebut your “truth and only the truth” stance but my experience is that someone who immediately uses insults in replying to a post of mine has no interest in gaining a further understanding but is defending a mindset that had just been threatened.

    Go easy on the lies about reading the entire transcript. I followed the trial in as real time as it could be done at the time and remember that Gray’s judgement alone was 355 pages. I remember somewhere that the entire transcript of the 32 day trial was upward of about 8,000 pages.

    So if I were to take you at your word and pull out salient excerpts where they show pre-meditated manipulation of documents to keep a narrative going towards an intended conclusion
    you would dutifully counter my points by sifting through the entire body of work?

    No, you would probably fire out some ad hominen and disappear. Don’t write a cheque that your ass can’t cash as the saying goes.

    Cheers-

  38. Gunga Din says:
    @conatus

    Was not aware of this. Thanks.

  39. JackOH says:

    Our troubling intervention in the Middle East has me coming up with this sketchy hypothetical:

    Imagine if Nazi Germany had concluded a successful peace with the United Kingdom in 1940, and Stalin’s intentions in the West had been checked by a Nazi Germany that had its West secured, would our world actually be better today than the world that actually happened?

    In other words, I’m imagining a WWII that was aborted circa 1940, with perhaps a few hundred thousand soldiers and civilians killed, and a 2019 that would have commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Non-Aggression Pact, which guaranteed the rectification of grievances and subsequent security in Europe.

    Stalin and Hitler holding off one another with diplomatic clenched-teeth smiles into the late 1940s and 1950s? Preposterous, maybe, but the WWII that actually did happen killed nother 40+ million people.

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  40. @Curmudgeon

    What you mean is that Lawyers have an amoral code of conduct. They always have.
    As always, there are a few exceptions.

  41. @Hossein

    The Jew who nixed Jodie Foster’s Leni Riefenstahl documentary was named… Leni Riefenstahl!

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0726166/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

    “In April 2007, The Guardian reported that British screenwriter Rupert Walters was writing a movie based on Riefenstahl’s life which would star actress Jodie Foster. The project did not receive Riefenstahl’s approval prior to her death, as Riefenstahl asked for a veto on any scenes to which she did not agree. Riefenstahl also wanted Sharon Stone to play her rather than Foster, which ultimately resulted in the cancellation of the project.”

    Riefenstahl documentaries were made while she was in her nineties. Sometime in the early 2000s, a Public TV channel had a LR festival, an entire day devoted to showing Olympiade I & II, Sieg des Willens, and documentaries about her, up to and including her career in her nineties as one of the world’s greatest photographers (sea life and sub-Saharan Africa).

    I believe she was still alive at the time.

  42. RVBlake says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    Yes, the book “Cross of Iron” was wonderful. The movie was clownish.

  43. @Carlton Meyer

    330,000 casualties, 8000 aircraft, 4000 tanks is what the allies wasted on the invasion of Italy. The video clip makes it clear that this was as senseless as Galipoli in 1915.

    The truth here is that Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt had all agreed that the Soviet Army and its jewish Kommissars would take over all of Eastern Europe and be allowed to purge all of Europe to the Elbe river of any resistance to the new global order. One side benefit of the invasion through Italy was the destruction of culture, civilization, and the forced mongrelization of the Italian peoples. The precise same thing that would happen across Eastern Europe by the Mongol rape brigades and in Berlin by 40,000 US Negro occupation troops. It was all part of the Koudenhove/Morgentau/Hooten plans.

    Clearly, the allies could have also crossed the adriatic and marched up the Danube to Vienna and Stuttgart. But just like with WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, the secret elites wanted much more destruction, genocide, and most importantly debt.

  44. Mike interesting essay. But I remember reading somewhere years ago that Rommel’s favorite hymn was “Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden”, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y1Z1y2PSNw

    This was played at his funeral in Ulm on 18 October 1944.

  45. @JackOH

    I think you are 100% correct about this. The USA had no reason strategically to become involved n WW2, which were at core German-Russian and Sino-Japanese conflicts. Had the USA stayed out and Britain done the same, who cares to what extent Germany and Russia slaughtered each other, or what went on in China [I say this from a coldly calculating rational self-interest — of course at a human level all wars are giant tragedies].

    The point is, all the USA did in WW2 was make Europe safe for Stalin and China safe for Mao.

    Counterfactuals can never be proven but it surely seems likely we’ have had a much better world across the 20th century and a better world today.

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  46. JackOH says:
    @John L. Chapman

    JLC, thanks.

    Historians A. J. P. Taylor, Niall Ferguson, Field Marshal Erich von Manstein in his Lost Victories, probably plenty of others, including laymen, have offered counterfactuals to challenge the “cult of inevitability” (my made-up term) offered as the standard WWII narrative. I think Taylor provocatively asked whether it was better to be a “saved” Pole in 1939 or an “abandoned” Czech in 1938, and pointed to the large differential in Polish versus Czech casualties during the War.

    It may be objectionable to some to think this, but had the European military conflict been confined solely to 1939, court historians in my opinion would have interpreted it as the restoration of the 18th century Polish partitions, and the “rape of Czechoslovakia” would be viewed as restoration of order in a new republic riven by nationalistic strife unleashed by the incompetent Versailles Treaty.

    It’s at least possible to think a live and moderately successful Hitler, retiring peacefully, say, in 1959, would have meant the saving of tens of millions of lives and spared Europe enormous destruction of property, and political puppetization.

  47. Rommel was told by his superiors to not advance into Egypt, because it will be impossible to supply him, and he will suffer great losses and will be thrown back at the end of the day. He nevertheless went into Egypt, and he suffered great losses and was thrown back to Libya (and had to withdraw to Tunis after the American landing in Algiers).

    His officers hated him for spending too much time at the frontline (some time at the frontline is very good for a commander, but he has lots of other things to do), and not doing his proper job (which was left to his subordinates, who did a supreme job).

    So while he truly was a great tactician, and a courageous soldier, he was not that good above the level of division commander. He was promoted way above his abilities. Germany had scores of better high level commanders.

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