Kill Rommel! Operation Flipper 1941 Book Review
|Date of Review||May 2014||Title||Kill Rommel! Operation Flipper 1941|
|Author||Gavin Mortimer||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||80 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$18.95|
Sutitled "Operation Flipper 1941", Osprey's Kill Rommel! examines Britain's disastrous attempt to kill or capture Afrika Korps Commander Generalfeldmarshall Erwin Rommel in November 1941.
Following a concise introduction, origins and planning of Operation Flipper consume most of the book's first half. Sections ably course through the training, preparation and departure of the British Commandos.
The ill-fated raid dominates the second half. Practically doomed from the beginning with surprise storms, faulty intelligence – British forces attacked an ordinary German headquarters, not Rommel's villa – and bad luck, only three men escaped capture or death. As Gavin Mortimer notes, although a catastrophic failure, the raid provided crucial lessons particularly for the fledgling SAS.
Photos, maps and artwork capturing the raid's events augment this useful publication. An analysis (including a translated Italian report), aftermath, bibliography and index complete contents.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!