Remind me again, what was it that motivated Rohmer to write write this book? Oh, yeah, something about a Time article about Kluge’s attempt to “discuss surrender”, the Dulles book’s claim that the feldmarschall had “made a futile attempt to surrender”, Dr. Udo Esch’s recollection that Kluge “considered surrendering” and, finally, Hitler’s statement that “Feldmarschall von Kluge planned to lead the whole of the Western Army into capitulation…”
Webster’s dictionary defines marriage as something tangentially related to surrender, capitulation and copulation. Armistice is a different thing altogether. Still, I was willing to give Rohmer a chance. Really, who can resist a tease like this: “Hitler’s statement was only a hint at what had happened on 15 August. It was the tip of the iceberg.”
Surely Rohmer doesn’t mean to suggest that the day’s events depicted in Rommel and Patton are in some way based on fact.