By Marshall Erwin Rommel Infantry Attacks on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Published August 29th by Greenhill Books (first published ) .. In Infantry Attacks, we get a clear look at Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s life before his. It certainly is. The hard lessons of war are learned through the blood and death of others. Only fools want to learn these lessons again with their.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. After the first exchange, the German rifleman became imbued with a feeling of superiority vis- a-vis his F rench counterpart.

There were times of classic German understatement th Rommel, you magnificent erwwin I read your book! Later volleys passed high over our heads.

This was the first mail we had received since the outbreak of the war. Some men had dug fox-holes for themselves in the front wall of the trench. In the early hours of the morning, several fellow officers and I reported to Colonel Haas who ordered each of us to take a five-man reconnaissance detachment past Barancy and Gorcy in the direction of Cosnes near Longwy to ascertain the enemy dispositions and strength. Train in difficult, trackless, wooded terrain.

Colonel Haas wanted the attack held up until the d could get going and he had no idea when that would be. Our fire had dampened the enemy’s enthusiasm for an attack. Before crossing open stretches of terrain fire support must be arranged for. War makes extremely heavy demands on the soldier’s strength and nerves. One of my men volunteered as guide. Downcast at the failure of our mission and physically exhausted, my three companions and I headed back to Hill A bullet smacked into the shovel with which I was digging.

The bombardment maintained this intensity for several hours. We were short of bread. I reported back to headquarters and greeted the men of the 7th Company whom I was to accompany into the field. Violent hand-to-hand fighting ensued, the engineers attacking the enemy with shovels and axes.


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These soldiers belonged to the 6th Company of the French st Infantry Regiment. After our attacks were repulsed, the 7th Company was withdrawn and ordered to the assistance of the hard-pressed th Infantry Regiment in the Doulcon woods a mile and a quarter south of Mont.

Finally they ceased firing. Eield equipment was being tried on! For several minutes we were subjected to a veritable hail of artillery fire with all movement out of the question. What was it, rommsl retreat?

An attack was being made by German forces on our right; for we could hear drums, bugles, shouting, and the methodical fire of the French machine guns. Boook is a great way to draw parallels between Rommel in both World Wars, and view a clear progression in skill and char In Infantry Attacks, we get a clear look at Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s life before his fame in the Second World War when he was just an ordinary lieutenant in the First World War simply trying to survive.

At H attackd the battalion attacked with two companies 6th and 7th in the assault and two companies 5th and 8th echeloned to the left rear. Estoico, brillante, valiente, eficaz.

Atregimental inspection. With fixed bayonets, we worked our way up the rise and to within storming distance of the hostile position. Were some still in Bleid with their bulk farther to the rear? atyacks

Suddenly, fifty to sixty yards ahead, I saw human forms approaching us in a column of twos. We heard the voices of wounded men on all sides now.

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Hughes is dead 59 18 Sep 30, Eortunately, our casualty rate during the bombardment was only some three percent, much less than we had feared it would be. First we took care of the many wounded; then I assembled the formation of about one hundred men and headed on to the shallow ‘depression three hundred yards northeast of Bleid. Failing to accomplish my mission, I returned and worked my way forward on foot along the eastern edge of the woods.


Had one of the shells hit the column, at least two squads would have been annihilated simultaneously. In the woods east of Dun the 7th Company was under heavy F rench artillery fire for a considerable period. Attack Of Defuy Woods During the night our reconnaissance elements were able to determine that the enemy had taken up a defensive position some two miles distant in Defuy Woods. The enemy had withdrawn by the south leaving a few dead and wounded behind.

Later, it was learned that these troops were part of the 5th Company, st French Infantry Regiment Battalion LaPlace sent to cover the southeast exit of Bleid. Partly on horseback and partly on foot — up hill and down dale through the dark, dense woods — I made my way some six miles back to Villancourt where I carried out my instructions.

The translator was Lieutenant Colonel Gustave E. My rifle cracked; the enemy’s head fell forward on the step. Earlier editions omitted passages potentially embarrassing to our allies as well as a large number of drawings and sketch maps.

The terrain on both sides of the country road over which I rode was covered with numerous hedges and fenced-in meadows. The latter said that his regiment had retired hours ago and that, excepting dead and wounded, nothing remained in the woods up ahead.

The two remaining platoons came up and we extended our skirmish line infanttry two or three paces interval between men. In the tall fields of grain on its southern slope, we could not recognize friend or foe.

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