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Erwin "The Desert Fox" Rommel

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Erwin "The Desert Fox" Rommel
By: Jack Koshko and Endrit Zenuni
Born in Heidenheim, Germany, on November 15, 1891
Joined the German infantry in 1910 and fought as a lieutenant in WW1
Personal Information
Named commander of 7th Panzer division in 1941
Appointed commander of German troops in North Africa in 1942
Famed for leading his army from the front rather than the rear
Earned the nickname the "Desert Fox" for his surprise attacks
A master of mobile operations
North African Campaign during 1941-1943
Sent with a small German force to help the Axis Powers against the British after the Italians had suffered a severe defeat
For two years the opposing forces alternately advanced or withdrew over the desert and Rommel's name became legendary
His supreme achievement was his victory over the British at Gazala in May, 1942
Works Cited
Military Career
Rommel's Campaign in North Africa
Rommel and the 20 July Plot
Rommel showed doubt of Hitler's leadership
Conspirators began bringing Rommel into anti-Hitler conspiracy around 1944.
Conspirators felt that Rommel could not be trusted so Rommel's car was strafed by Allied aircraft in France; minor injuries
Rommel opposed assassinating Hitler and knew an assassination would lead to a civil war
Hitler knew Rommel being branded as a traitor would cause a major scandal so he offered Rommel the option of suicide via Cyanide or public trial by People's Court.
Rommel committed suicide on October 14, 1944.
Buried with full military honors and family spared from persecution.
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