On Rommel in Normandy: it may well be that the Germans could have done nothing to prevent defeat but they could have fought the battle much more effectively. Here's some examples: 1. The KM and Luftwaffe coud have done a better job in providing recon in the Channel. 2. There should have been a unified command structure on the German side. Thanks to AH the command structure was horribly fragmented. 3. The German army had a lot of men from Poland and the Ukraine in Normandy. I feel that having Poles and Ukrainians fight in France, for Germany, against the UK and Americans wasn't the smartest move of the war. They surrendered in droves. The should have been placed in the Channel Islands, Norway and other peripheral areas, freeing up good Geman units that would have given a good account of themselves. 4. The KM had the new "clamshell" mine that was unsweepable. They should have been offshore of Normandy but weren't due to a stupid screw-up. Had these been in place ship losses would have been significant.