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Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide by Jonathan Dimbleby

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– THIRTEEN –THE DESERT FOX GOES HUNTING

‘Have you not got a single general in the army who can win battles, have none of them any ideas, must we continually lose battles in this way?’

Winston Churchill

On 17 January 1942, in an exuberant letter to his wife, Rommel wrote, ‘The situation is developing to our advantage and I’m full of plans I daren’t say anything about round here. They’d think me crazy.’ The day before he had told Cruewell, his Afrikakorps commander, that they were to launch a counter-offensive against the British four days later, on the evening of 21 January. Because he was rightly convinced that his superiors would have forbidden it, the Desert Fox concealed his plans both from General Ugo Cavallero, the Axis commander-in-chief ...

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