History Film / TheDesertFox

26th Jun '16 1:22:32 AM LtFedora
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* VillainousBreakdown: Not as spectacular as the scene from ''Film/{{Downfall}}'', but Hitler's SanitySlippage is something to behold.
-->'''Hitler:''' I have designs that will change warfare for centuries to come!
-->'''Rommel:''' But what about ''today'', sir? What are we to do ''tomorrow morning''!
10th Jun '16 5:43:03 AM moloch
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''The Desert Fox'' is a 1951 FilmOfTheBook (''The Desert Fox'') starring JamesMason as Field Marshal UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. These codified the 'Rommel myth' of the late German officer as an 'honourable 'martial genius' in the Anglosphere.

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''The Desert Fox'' is a 1951 FilmOfTheBook (''The Desert Fox'') starring JamesMason as Field Marshal UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. These codified the 'Rommel myth' of the late German officer as an 'honourable 'martial martial genius' in the Anglosphere.
10th Jun '16 5:42:12 AM moloch
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''The Desert Fox'' is a 1951 FilmOfTheBook (''The Desert Fox'') starring JamesMason as Field Marshal UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. These codified the 'Rommel myth' of the late German officer as an 'honourable' 'martial genius' in the anglosphere.

The film shows the downfall of his career between fall 1942 and October 1944, from the Second Battle of El Alamein to his involvement in the July 20 Plot, resulting in his suicide. Typically for an english-language film released just six years after WorldWarII, the film is incredibly sympathetic to Rommel and other German officers - portraying them as non-Nazi or even ''[[RefugeInAudacity anti-Nazi]]'' professionals who are ''only'' [[MyCountryRightOrWrong serving the Nazis because they love and want to defend their country from Communism]]. AsYouKnow, this portrayal could not have been further from the truth.

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''The Desert Fox'' is a 1951 FilmOfTheBook (''The Desert Fox'') starring JamesMason as Field Marshal UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. These codified the 'Rommel myth' of the late German officer as an 'honourable' 'honourable 'martial genius' in the anglosphere.Anglosphere.

The film shows the downfall of his career between fall 1942 and October 1944, from the Second Battle of El Alamein to his involvement in the July 20 Plot, resulting in his suicide. Typically for an english-language English-language film released just six years after WorldWarII, the film is incredibly sympathetic to Rommel and other German officers - portraying them as non-Nazi or even ''[[RefugeInAudacity anti-Nazi]]'' professionals who are ''only'' [[MyCountryRightOrWrong serving the Nazis because they love and want to defend their country from Communism]]. AsYouKnow, this portrayal could not have been further from the truth.



* MyCountryRightOrWrong: A key theme of the book and film. Rommel could not be portrayed as wanting genocidal racist maniacs to successfully conquer Europe ''and'' retain the sympathy of most of the english-speaking audience, so the obvious solution was to elide the German military's 'political' activities and Rommel's own non-nationalistic motivations.

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: A key theme of the book and film. Rommel could not be portrayed as wanting genocidal racist maniacs to successfully conquer Europe ''and'' retain the sympathy of most of the english-speaking English-speaking audience, so the obvious solution was to elide the German military's 'political' activities and Rommel's own non-nationalistic motivations.
31st May '16 2:49:08 PM MAI742
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** In this period, a Tactical commander who was a FrontlineGeneral was just doing their job. But an Operational commander who was a FrontlineGeneral ''was not''. If they were away from a command post, they were unable to understand the overall situation or command their men effectively as this required multiple high-power radios and a typing pool.
31st May '16 2:37:38 PM MAI742
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** In real life, Manfred (who was 15 when his father killed himself) was eager to join the Waffen-SS, but his father refused to allow him. He did ended up manning an AA gun, and flak was indeed the Luftwaffe's business.

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** In real life, Manfred (who was 15 when his father killed himself) was eager to join the Waffen-SS, but his father refused to allow him. He him - the turnover of officers in ground-combat units was high, and the Soviets had a bad habit of not taking SS troops alive (as revenge for all that 'anti-partisan' business that the ''Wehrmacht'' and ''SS''had been getting up to in the occupied Soviet Union). Manfred did ended end up manning an AA gun, and flak was indeed the Luftwaffe's business.



* MyCountryRightOrWrong
* OldSoldier: Gerd von Rundstedt is accurately shown as this, with a comment that he is 70 now and too old to take part in a revolution.

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong
MyCountryRightOrWrong: A key theme of the book and film. Rommel could not be portrayed as wanting genocidal racist maniacs to successfully conquer Europe ''and'' retain the sympathy of most of the english-speaking audience, so the obvious solution was to elide the German military's 'political' activities and Rommel's own non-nationalistic motivations.
* OldSoldier: Gerd von Rundstedt is accurately shown as this, with a comment that he is 70 now and too 'too old to take part in a revolution.revolution'. Similarly, the real Gerd von Rundstedt was more of a murderously antisemitic, rabidly anti-Communist xenophobe than he was a 'true' Nazi revolutionary.
31st May '16 2:27:10 PM MAI742
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''The Desert Fox'' is a 1951 film starring JamesMason as Field Marshal UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. The film shows the downfall of his career between fall 1942 and October 1944, from the Second Battle of El Alamein to his involvement in the July 20 Plot, resulting in his suicide. Unusual for a film released only six years after WorldWarII, the film is incredibly sympathetic to Rommel and other German officers, portraying them as professional soldiers who believe in their nation no matter who is in charge.

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''The Desert Fox'' is a 1951 film FilmOfTheBook (''The Desert Fox'') starring JamesMason as Field Marshal UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. These codified the 'Rommel myth' of the late German officer as an 'honourable' 'martial genius' in the anglosphere.

The film shows the downfall of his career between fall 1942 and October 1944, from the Second Battle of El Alamein to his involvement in the July 20 Plot, resulting in his suicide. Unusual Typically for a an english-language film released only just six years after WorldWarII, the film is incredibly sympathetic to Rommel and other German officers, officers - portraying them as professional soldiers non-Nazi or even ''[[RefugeInAudacity anti-Nazi]]'' professionals who believe in are ''only'' [[MyCountryRightOrWrong serving the Nazis because they love and want to defend their nation no matter who is in charge.
country from Communism]]. AsYouKnow, this portrayal could not have been further from the truth.


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** Rommel did not understand Operations or logistics, making him a poor commander above the tactical level of warfare - yet "the Desert Fox" is portrayed as a martial genius. This is consistent with wartime Allied propaganda, which talked up Rommel's abilities to explain their repeated defeats against Rommel's smaller forces - these defeats being the product of poor (but improving) Allied understand of Operations and Tactics.
** The Italians composed at least half the Axis force in North Africa at all times, and fought very bravely to great effect. Italy's status as a Cold-War ally of the USA and UK against the USSR meant that this fact had to be downplayed.
6th Jan '16 6:35:37 PM LtFedora
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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Rommel's veneration as a WorthyOpponent for the Western Allies is debatable. Though he had disagreements with Hitler's tactics and brutality he remained on good terms with Hitler personally. Further, most modern historians doubt that he was actually involved in the 20 July plot. In fairness, Rommel ''was'' more chivalrous and fair-minded than pretty much any of his peers, and he did end up believing that Hitler needed to be removed from office.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Rommel's veneration as a WorthyOpponent for the Western Allies is debatable. Though he had disagreements with Hitler's tactics and brutality he remained on good terms with Hitler personally. Further, most modern historians doubt that he was actually involved in the 20 July plot. In fairness, Rommel ''was'' more chivalrous and fair-minded than pretty much any of his peers, and he did end up believing that Hitler needed to be removed from office. Though, he was against any assassination out of the belief that Hitler would become a martyr and thus make it impossible to remove his image.
10th Dec '15 5:51:34 AM LtFedora
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* BadassBoast: Rundstedt tells Rommel that, were he not handicapped by Hitler's short-sighted orders, he would make the Allies pay.
--> "I'd make them pay such a price in blood they'd wish they'd never heard of Germany. I may not be able to stop them all, but they'd know they fought an army, not a series of stationary targets."
20th Oct '15 11:38:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler: Makes an appearance, one of the best performances of the role. Ironically, he's played by a Jewish actor, Luther Adler.
20th Oct '15 11:38:26 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''The Desert Fox''''' is a 1951 film starring JamesMason as Field Marshal UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel. The film shows the downfall of his career between fall 1942 and October 1944, from the Second Battle of El Alamein to his involvement in the July 20 Plot, resulting in his suicide. Unusual for a film released only six years after WorldWarII, the film is incredibly sympathetic to Rommel and other German officers, portraying them as professional soldiers who believe in their nation no matter who is in charge.

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