This excellent study was commissioned by the U.S. Marine Corps from the distinguished academic and military historian Russel Stolfi. This groundbreaking work is more than just a Divisional history. The whole basis of Rommel's exceptional handling is summed up in Stolfi's masterful conclusion 'Rommel had a bias for action.' The book traces the actions of the 7th 'Ghost' division in France during 1940 and the early part of the campaign in Russia during 1941. This powerful work brilliantly illustrates Stolfi's commanding insight into the genius of Rommel as a Divisional commander. Long out of print, this new edition brings back into circulation a classic piece of military history writing for a new audience.
Russel H. S. Stolfi, holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1954), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern European History (1964, 1966) from Stanford University. After graduating in 1966, he taught modern history for twenty-seven years as a professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Over the same period, Stolfi served as a regular, then reserve, officer in the U.S. Marine Corps (1954-85). He has written three books centred on the Second World War, four major articles, and several U.S. Department of Defense technical studies. Stolfi's works include German Panzers on the Offensive: Russia-North Africa, 1941-1942; Hitler's Panzers East: World War II Reinterpreted; and NATO under Attack.