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Kill Rommel! Operation Flipper 1941

Kill Rommel! Operation Flipper 1941 Book Review

By Rachel E. Veres

Date of Review May 2014 Title Kill Rommel! Operation Flipper 1941
Author Gavin Mortimer Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 9781472801098
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!