BOOK REVIEW: ROMMEL RUFT KAIRO

Created: 6/1/1959

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ROMMEL RUFT KA1RO (Rommel Callingy John W. Eppler. (Oueterslob: C. Bertelsmann. DM

Operation Condorold, even desperatetoerman resident agent In the heartBritish North African conimand center, one whoRommel with vitally needed order-of-battleIt failed, partly because of bad luck, but mainlythe agent's cowboy operational methods, brash and

Published just on tbe heelsritish account of the sameppler? tale of his espionage activities In Cairo for Field Marshall Irwin Rommel during the struggle for

'Leonard Metier. The Cat and the Mice. (London: Arthur Barker Limited, IBM. ISO pp.)

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North Africa reveals little new substantive Information Mosley's report, reviewed in the last number of theill be of more interest to the professional mtelligence officer. Eppler has told an adventure storyomantic. Intensely personal slyle characteristic of much of the recent spate of German war reminiscences. The factotion picture is being made to Germany based on Operation Condor isindicative of the nature of the book.

We learn nothing from Eppler about how he was spotted and recruited by the Abwehr; the story opens with histo Rommel in North Africa, and theages deal with the problems and experiences ofilometer trip across the Sail ara to reach the target area. He gives passing mention to technical intelligence preparations for thesuch as documentation, communications equipment, and clothing. Inasmuch as he is arrested by British security forces onnd devotes himself from then on to his treatment by his interrogators, it will be seen that he gives relatively little space to his actual work to Cairo. Details on the recruiting of sub-agents are almost completely lacking, as wellseful account of what, if anything, wasOne incident Is described, tbe separatingritish courier from his pouch of battle plans by the belly-dancer Hekmathatisfactory account of this Is available from Mosley. Mosley also deals at some length with the tracking down of Eppler by British security forces, to which Epplcr's own account adds nothing of significance.

Eppler never again made radio contact with Abwehr base stations after his initial report upon arrival. The two special radiomen assigned to service him had been posted too close to the front by order of Rommel and had been captured with their codesaid by the Long Range Desert Patrol. Eppler was cbt off (etngemauert) after this in order toa play-back. Epplert radioman tried night after night without success to make contact with base station, and the title of his story would therefore more logically read Cairo CaWng Rommel. This book can safely be passed by, esixciaily by those who have read The Cat and the Mice.

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