Books: Armored Knight

ROMMEL, THE DESERT FOX (264 pp.) ­Desmond Young ­ Harper ($3.50).

One of the few World War II battle commanders to become a legendary figure while the fight was still on was the Germans' stocky, colorful tank expert, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. At home he was idolized. In the field his Afrika Korps fought for him with matchless enthusiasm. Even sweeter to a professional soldier, perhaps, was the respect that he inspired in his enemies. Winston Churchill praised him in the House of Commons while Rommel was in the act of driving the British...

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