Skillful and daring, dynamic and aggressive and tactically brilliant, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel--the Desert Fox--nearly defeated the Allies during 15 months of intense fighting on the North African front. Until Rommel's arrival, the poorly commanded Italian troops stationed there posed little threat--but afterwards, it took a long time and a nearly endless succession of Allied leaders to cope with this new presence. Soldiers from many countries paid for these mistakes with their lives. Over 200 photographs from the archives, and in-depth coverage of British and German tactics and personnel, provide an unprecedented and unique record of one of World War Two's fiercest confrontations. 160 pages, 200 b/w illus., 8 1/2 x 11.