See WWII through Famed German military leader Erwin Rommel's Private Photo Collection

Jul 01, 2015, 10:30 ET from Fletcher & Co. Publishers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Witness the Panzers of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed "Ghost Division" sweeping into France and see raging African sandstorms in a never-before-seen collection of Rommel's personal photos confiscated by the U.S. military in WWII.

Published together for the first time in "Erwin Rommel: Photographer--Volume 1: A Survey," this historic collection features hundreds of photos Rommel took amid the heat of battle and in quiet times contemplating the beauty of nature.

Author/illustrator Zita Steele digitally restored and enhanced 340+ photos, bringing out details such as faces of ordinary German soldiers placing wreaths around makeshift graves of fallen comrades.

Rommel intended to publish some of these photos in a book, but died due to his opposition to Hitler.

Since most photos in this book, including family images, were never intended for public viewing, they provide new insights about Rommel's personality and interests.

Zita Steele combines her knowledge of German language/culture and in-depth research to provide context for the photos.

She also analyzes patterns in Rommel's photography to shed a unique light on the artistic personality of this notable military leader.

"Rommel often photographed lone figures against overpowering backdrops," noted Steele. "He also captured ironic contrasts during war."

Rommel (1891-1944) was a career soldier in the German Army. During WWII, he became one of the most famous strategists of modern times. He wrote and illustrated "Infantry Attacks," drew sketches, and took thousands of wartime photos.

About the Author:

Zita Steele is a novelist and artist from the Southwestern state of New Mexico. She is of Hispanic and German heritage. Zita incorporates her art into her writing and illustrates her own books. She writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her work often involves history and international themes. She likes to create characters who cross cultural divides to understand each other. Her first published novel, "Envoy: Rule of Silence" explored loyalty and betrayal among European spies. She is completing a detective novel set in Singapore.

"Erwin Rommel: Photographer--Volume 1: A Survey" is available on Amazon and soon will be available in bookstores worldwide.

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