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** Perhaps even more with Von Rundstedt. He and Rommel had at best a contentious personal relationship, and Rundstedt had no sympathy at all for the 20 July plotters, calling their efforts "base, bare-faced treachery." His disagreements with Hitler were purely tactical.

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** Perhaps even more with Von Rundstedt. He and Rommel had at best a contentious personal relationship, and Rundstedt had no sympathy at all for the 20 July plotters, calling their efforts "base, bare-faced treachery." His disagreements While hardly a fanatical Nazi, his frustration with Hitler were purely tactical. was almost exclusively over the Fuhrer's poor grasp of military strategy; he never advocated Hitler's overthrow or removal from power and remained loyal to the end.


''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 Creator/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 Desert Fox" is portrayed as a MaryTzu-type martial genius without much nuance given to his actual strengths and weaknesses. 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 also being the product of poor Allied understanding of tank warfare, as well as outmatched commanders such as Ritchie and Cunningham (Auchinlek generally performed a lot better against Rommel than they did).

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** "The Desert Fox" is portrayed as a MaryTzu-type martial genius without much nuance given to his actual strengths and weaknesses. 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 also being the product of poor Allied understanding of tank warfare, as well as outmatched commanders such as Ritchie and Cunningham (Auchinlek generally performed a lot better against Rommel than they did).


** "The Desert Fox" is portrayed as a MaryTsu martial genius without much nuance given to his actual strengths and weaknesses. 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 also being the product of poor Allied understanding of tank warfare, as well as outmatched commanders such as Ritchie and Cunningham (Auchinlek generally performed a lot better against Rommel than they did).

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** "The Desert Fox" is portrayed as a MaryTsu MaryTzu-type martial genius without much nuance given to his actual strengths and weaknesses. 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 also being the product of poor Allied understanding of tank warfare, as well as outmatched commanders such as Ritchie and Cunningham (Auchinlek generally performed a lot better against Rommel than they did).


** In general "The Desert Fox" is portrayed as a martial genius without much nuance given to his actual strengths and weaknesses. 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 also being the product of poor Allied understanding of tank warfare, as well as outmatched commanders such as Ritchie and Cunningham (Auchinlek generally performed a lot better against Rommel than they did).

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** In general "The Desert Fox" is portrayed as a MaryTsu martial genius without much nuance given to his actual strengths and weaknesses. 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 also being the product of poor Allied understanding of tank warfare, as well as outmatched commanders such as Ritchie and Cunningham (Auchinlek generally performed a lot better against Rommel than they did).


** 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.
** 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.
** 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.

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** Rommel did not understand Operations or logistics, making him a poor commander above the tactical level of warfare - yet "the In general "The Desert Fox" is portrayed as a martial genius. genius without much nuance given to his actual strengths and weaknesses. 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 also being the product of poor (but improving) Allied understand understanding of Operations tank warfare, as well as outmatched commanders such as Ritchie and Tactics.
Cunningham (Auchinlek generally performed a lot better against Rommel than they did).
** 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''. may not have been. If they were away from a command post, they were unable their ability to understand the overall situation or command their men effectively became much more difficult, as this required multiple high-power radios and a typing pool.
** The Italians composed at least half the Axis force in North Africa at all times, and fought very bravely to great effect.effect despite poor equipment and poor leadership. Italy's status as a Cold War ally of the USA and UK against the USSR meant that this fact had to be downplayed.



* BadassGrandpa: Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt. While too old to join in the July 20 plot, he has the audacity to say to Keitel over the phone "Make peace, you idiot!"

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* BadassGrandpa: Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt. While too old to join in the July 20 plot, he has the audacity to say to Keitel over the phone "Make peace, you idiot!"idiot!" (Which he probably, but not definitely, said in real life).


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 UsefulNotes/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 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 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the film is incredibly sympathetic to Rommel and other German officers - portraying them all 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.The truth was a lot more complex than this.


** 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.

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** 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 Cold War ally of the USA and UK against the USSR meant that this fact had to be downplayed.


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* CreatorProvincialism: Bayerlein says "10 o'clock last night," even though Germany uses 24-hour time, and says that they have not had a single pint of petrol, when he should have said liter.


* IGotYouCovered: A commando shouts, "Cover me!" while he throws a grenade. Then he runs off allowing the man who was covering him to get shot dead.

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* IGotYouCovered: A commando shouts, "Cover me!" while he throws a grenade. Then he runs off [[HollywoodTactics allowing the man who was covering him to get shot dead.]]

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* IGotYouCovered: A commando shouts, "Cover me!" while he throws a grenade. Then he runs off allowing the man who was covering him to get shot dead.

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Has a pseudo-sequel or companion film in ''Film/TheDesertRats'', in which Rommel (Mason again) is a lot less sympathetic.


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 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, UsefulNotes/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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* 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''!


''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.


''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.

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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.

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