The Rommel Mission
This novel’s setting is the summer of 1944. In Normandy, the D-Day invasion is under way. Field Marshal Rommel is frustrated by his inability to deploy troops to contain the Allies on the beaches, which he believes is the Germans’ only hope of success. Hitler insists a second invasion will happen and refuses to allow reinforcements to be sent. Rommel feels that the war is essentially lost. While personal arguments with the Fuehrer continue to fail, he decides to take action himself. He begins to persuade officers in his command that surrender of the Western Armies is the only sensible course of action to keep the Russians out of the Fatherland. Finally, he decides to open negotiations with the Allies. Major Helder, a loyal staff officer and narrator of the novel, agrees to help.
Kreckel’s fictional interpretation of a well-known historical fact is fascinating. Through the voices of his characters, the moral and ethical dilemma facing the Germans is revealed. The story also paints a realistic portrait of life on the other side of the Normandy invasion, one that is seldom explored. This is a must read for fans of World War II history and fiction.