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The Nazi-propaganda fashioned a legend out of him which was longer lasting than the Reich to whose service he intended to devote his entire life. The legend of the "Desert Fox", of the brilliant commander of the Afrika Korps, to this day finds admirers among friend and foe. As a reward, the dictator promoted him to the rank of field marshal, the youngest of the Wehrmacht. Only a very few perceived that Rommel with open eyes far overextended his lines of supply and, as a result, he himself set the stage for the fall of the "Afrika Korps".

The film, with comments by fellow travelers and opponents, shows how the legend of the "Desert Fox" came into being and how Rommel was caught in the currents of war events in which high treason became the only morally legitimate way out.