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Who was Rommel?

Updated on December 2, 2016
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German Federal Archive www.bundesarchiv.de

Erwin Rommel (1891-1944), was sent by Hitler to North Africa in February 1941 to take command of the newly formed German Afrika Korps.

An able commander, who won such respect from the British that for a time they looked on him as virtually invincible, he reconquered Cyrenaica in 1941, captured Tobruk and Benghazi in 1942, and by June had advanced into Egypt as far as El Alamein. Hampered by inadequate supplies and unrealistic orders from Hitler, his army was defeated by Montgomery's 8th Army in October.

Rommel retreated to Tunisia and was recalled to Europe in 1943 to take command in Italy and then in France, where he organized the construction of the Atlantic Wall. By this time he was convinced that Hitler must be removed, and those who conspired with him planned to make him head of state after Hitler's overthrow.

Rommel was severely injured during an Allied air attack, and after the 20 July Plot failed to kill Hitler he committed suicide by taking poison.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      What an interesting hub! I've had a misty picture in my mind of Rommel in the desert but I didn't know he spoke out against the things happening in Nazi Germany and that he was never a Nazi. And then Hitler ordered national mourning for him and had him buried with full military honors, after he took poison rather than face one of Hitler's tribunals! What a contradiction! How interesting!

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      Hubography 7 years ago

      Every mention of him has always had him in high regard, even by his opposing number, but it wasn't until I researched this hub when I realized how much more there was so much more to the man.

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