Rommel: The Desert Fox?

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Field Marshal Rommel is well known as the audacious commander of the Afrika Corps during WW2.



Rommel was a hero of the trenches and of the early Blitzkrieg against France. His raison d'etre was attack, attack, attack. He made himself quite unpopular with many of his subordiantes because he was so demanding of them and would accept no excuses as to why they were not attacking and pushing through enemy positions.

On the downside Rommel was a place seeker, he was denied the plaudits for several victories in WW1 and never forgot this. He believed fervently in Hitler's 'genious' and wanted the Furher to like him. He was feted after the war as a great commander who opposed Hitler but this seems to be far from the truth as some are coming to realise.

Was the Desert Fox an honest soldier or just another Nazi? | The Independent
 


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That ************************ better have my correct address for the royalties he is making off my back.
 

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Field Marshal Rommel is well known as the audacious commander of the Afrika Corps during WW2.



Rommel was a hero of the trenches and of the early Blitzkrieg against France. His raison d'etre was attack, attack, attack. He made himself quite unpopular with many of his subordiantes because he was so demanding of them and would accept no excuses as to why they were not attacking and pushing through enemy positions.

On the downside Rommel was a place seeker, he was denied the plaudits for several victories in WW1 and never forgot this. He believed fervently in Hitler's 'genious' and wanted the Furher to like him. He was feted after the war as a great commander who opposed Hitler but this seems to be far from the truth as some are coming to realise.

Was the Desert Fox an honest soldier or just another Nazi? | The Independent
The Independent newspaper writer is apparently not aware that Rommel never joined the National Socialist Party. If he did join, he'd have been issued a party membership number. There is no evidence that Rommel was ever a party member.

I think the testimony of those opposing soldiers captured by Rommel's forces point to the truth as to whether or not Rommel was an honest soldier. Their testimony is that they were treated humanely while in captivity.
 

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There is only one true Field Marshall.
 

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Field Marshal Rommel is well known as the audacious commander of the Afrika Corps during WW2.



Rommel was a hero of the trenches and of the early Blitzkrieg against France. His raison d'etre was attack, attack, attack. He made himself quite unpopular with many of his subordiantes because he was so demanding of them and would accept no excuses as to why they were not attacking and pushing through enemy positions.

On the downside Rommel was a place seeker, he was denied the plaudits for several victories in WW1 and never forgot this. He believed fervently in Hitler's 'genious' and wanted the Furher to like him. He was feted after the war as a great commander who opposed Hitler but this seems to be far from the truth as some are coming to realise.

Was the Desert Fox an honest soldier or just another Nazi? | The Independent
What's that claim based on? He was awarded the Iron Cross in the early part of the war and also more significantly Pour la Mérite for his outstanding achievement at the Battle of Caporetto on the Italian front in 1918.
 

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Rommel showed a bit of flair in the North Africa campaign, but those were minor compared to the numbers involved in Russia.

He had a real chance to make a difference on D-Day, but fluffed it.

Rommel was wounded when his car was strafed by a British plane, then he was involved in the July 1944 plot against Hitler.

He was forced to commit suicide to protect his family. That he turned against the Fuehrer at least showed he had a conscience.
 

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Ah Rommel, known in some corners as the Patron Saint of sh1tty logistics.
 

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Rommel showed a bit of flair in the North Africa campaign, but those were minor compared to the numbers involved in Russia.

He had a real chance to make a difference on D-Day, but fluffed it.

Rommel was wounded when his car was strafed by a British plane, then he was involved in the July 1944 plot against Hitler.

He was forced to commit suicide to protect his family. That he turned against the Fuehrer at least showed he had a conscience.
Rommel knew the game was up for Hitler when he was placed in command of the Western Front.
 

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He achieved a great victory at the battle of Gazala.

The Italian army took part in that battle too. British were driven back hundreds of miles and lost thousands of prisoners
 

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Field Marshal Rommel is well known as the audacious commander of the Afrika Corps during WW2.



Rommel was a hero of the trenches and of the early Blitzkrieg against France. His raison d'etre was attack, attack, attack. He made himself quite unpopular with many of his subordiantes because he was so demanding of them and would accept no excuses as to why they were not attacking and pushing through enemy positions.

On the downside Rommel was a place seeker, he was denied the plaudits for several victories in WW1 and never forgot this. He believed fervently in Hitler's 'genious' and wanted the Furher to like him. He was feted after the war as a great commander who opposed Hitler but this seems to be far from the truth as some are coming to realise.

Was the Desert Fox an honest soldier or just another Nazi? | The Independent
**************warning************* David Irving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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My brother lived and worked in Switzerland for several years, this afforded us the chance to visit that country and neighbouring countries such as Germany.

Quite a few public places in Germany are named after Erwin Rommel today.
In a country where there is practically no public recognition of any of the people - military, political - attached to 1933-1945 German era.
 

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My brother lived and worked in Switzerland for several years, this afforded us the chance to visit that country and neighbouring countries such as Germany.

Quite a few public places in Germany are named after Erwin Rommel today.
In a country where there is practically no public recognition of any of the people - military, political - attached to 1933-1945 German era.


Practically no public recognition of people attached to the Nazi regime?

I wonder why that is?

I note that you didn't actually call it the Nazi era, but rather the "1933-1945 German era" as if it was just another unremarkable short period in history.
 

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He doesnt seem to have been involved in the Holocaust and seems to have been an honourable man.

His battlefield tactics were daring but perhaps too daring at times. He owed his favour with Hitlerlargely to the success of his "ghost division" in the fall of France. In North Africa he was unwisely removed to Europe and the Battle of El Alamein started without him, so he found a mess when he was returned there. It was a great acheivement to retreat relatively intact to Tunisia.
 
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Field Marshal Rommel is well known as the audacious commander of the Afrika Corps during WW2.



Rommel was a hero of the trenches and of the early Blitzkrieg against France. His raison d'etre was attack, attack, attack. He made himself quite unpopular with many of his subordiantes because he was so demanding of them and would accept no excuses as to why they were not attacking and pushing through enemy positions.

On the downside Rommel was a place seeker, he was denied the plaudits for several victories in WW1 and never forgot this. He believed fervently in Hitler's 'genious' and wanted the Furher to like him. He was feted after the war as a great commander who opposed Hitler but this seems to be far from the truth as some are coming to realise.

Was the Desert Fox an honest soldier or just another Nazi? | The Independent

Like many in the German military Rommel happily served the Nazi regime in the period during which it was being successful in achieving its goals, and only "turned against" it when the tide turned and the Allies gained the upper hand.

Just like Claus von Stauffenberg.

If the Nazis had kept on succeeding, would either Rommel or von Stauffenberg have done anything, or would they have stayed quiet and enjoyed the continuing victories?
 

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He doesnt seem to have been involved in the Holocaust and seems to have been an honourable man.

His battlefield tactics were daring but perhaps too daring at times.

He served the regime that carried out the Holocaust.
 


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