Rommel distinguished himself during World War I and at the start of World War II he was called upon to lead the 7th Panzer division.  His successful drive across France was rewarded by promotion and the command of German troops in Libya. He was made Field Marshal after the fall of Tobruk but  he was hampered by lack of supplies at El Alamein and his health problems forced his return to Germany where he was put in charge  of the defence of the Atlantic Wall.  His warnings to Hitler of impending invasion went unheeded and he joined the abortive attempt to assassinate Hitler.  He was forced to suicide for his role and since then, his legend has grown with every passing year. Illustrated with colour and black and white photographs.