Accession Number : ADA325048

Title :   An Analysis of the Operational Leadership of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in the Afrika Korps.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Wiegert, Robert N.

PDF Url : ADA325048

Report Date : 07 FEB 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : There is no doubt that Field Marshal Rommel was an exceptional leader, but why was he such a poor operational leader? Examining Rommel's first year of command of the Afrika Korps it is evident that he possessed qualities necessary to be an exceptional operational leader, but he failed to understand operational logistics, and the primacy of policy and strategy. Additionally, his insistence to lead from the front caused unnecessary confusion among his forces, and his lack of unity of effort with his Italian allies decreased his combat efficiency and effectiveness. Rommel's inability to be concerned with other than tactical matters caused unnecessary losses for Germany in North Africa and assisted in Germany's failure to achieve her strategic objective in Russia.

Descriptors :   *COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MILITARY HISTORY, LEADERSHIP, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), MILITARY CAPABILITIES, MILITARY COMMANDERS, MILITARY PLANNING, NORTH AFRICA, BATTLE MANAGEMENT, MILITARY ART.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE