Erwin Rommel Born in Heidenheim, Germany on November 15, 1891
Erwin Rommel’s dad was a school teacher. • His mom was the daughter of a former president of Wurttemberg. Rommel’s wife as a kid.(On the left)
Getting Into War Got into the army because his dad wouldn’t let him study engineering at a college. Was first introduced to the military when he joined the 124 infantry regiment as an officer cadet.
Had a wife named Lucie Maria Mollin. • Married in 1916 • Had a child on Christmas eve of 1917
. Fought in the western front and won the Iron Cross In 1917 in the Italian front and soon was promoted to captain after leading the attack on Monte Matajur. Gained a lot of respect for leading this.
Desert Fox • Nicknamed “Desert Fox”. • Was commander of the Afrika Corps • He warned Hitler about the hopelessness of the Axis situation in Africa.
Rommel’s Bravery • Rommel always showed bravery during battle. • An example is when he had a broken leg and ran out of ammo, he charged three Frenchmen with a bayonet. • After returning from the frontlines in Argonne, Rommel received his first declaration for bravery which was the Iron Cross Class 1.
A Good Man • Rommel was well respected by the British because of his respect for the enemy. • Believed that all prisoners of war should be well looked after and not abused.
Suspected to be part of the bomb plot against Hitler and the Gestapo. • Was against Hitler on many decisions. • In between being a general on duty, Rommel was an instructor at an infantry school and at Potsdam War Academy.
Death • Erwin Rommel died on October 14, 1944. • He was suspected to have been part of the bombing trying to kill Hitler. Hitler’s men picked him up and gave him 2 options.1. He could swallow a poisonous pill or he would get a show process in Volksgerichtshof and all of his merits would disappear. • He took the poisonous pill.
Sources • www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk • www.historylearningsite.co • http://gi.grolier.com • www.achtungpanzer.com • www.findagrave.com