A QUIZ ON ROMMEL AND PATTON PAGE 1 THROUGH PAGE 54
Q. When writing a bestseller, it’s important not to use the same words over and over. Mix things up! In describing the the Battle of Normandy, how many different ways can you describe the army that the Germans want to drive, throw, push, shove and hurl back into the sea?
A. Before you repeat one? 11.
“I want to know the current state of affairs and how you plan to throw the British and Americans back into the sea.” p. 4
“I’m sure you can explain why the Anglo-American forces have not been thrown off the beachhead they landed on ten days ago. No doubt you can tell me what steps you plan to take to drive them back into the sea immediately.” p. 4
“Yes if we can throw the Yankees and British back into the sea…” p. 5
“Well, Rommel,” Hitler barked, “come up here to the map and explain to me why you haven't driven Montgomery and the Americans back into the sea...” p. 6
“I repeat my question: How are you going to drive the Anglo-Americans back into the sea?” p. 9
“The weight of the enemy force is such that we shall not be able to push them back into the sea.” p. 10
“We’ll shove those goddamn British bastards right back into the goddamn ocean!” p. 28
There was still one opportunity left to throw the enemy back into the sea. p. 40
If Hausser could capture or destroy the Mulberry at Arromanches, then with Armee Gruppe Hausser on the left and First Panzer Korps under Dietrich on the right, they would hurl the British back into the sea. p. 40
“… keep in mind that if you drive the British and Americans back into the sea, we’ll never see them in Normandy again” p. 49
Q. Tell me something I already know.
“As you are well aware, mein Führer, a command post of this dimension and importance could be a choice objective for a hit-and-run paratroop attack.” p. 6
“As you know, the Americans thrust right across the Contentin Peninsula two days ago.” p.31
“As you well know, Herr Feldmarschall, they’re under the direct instructions from the Führer to deny the enemy access as long as possible.” p.31