Desert Fox Erwin Rommel and his Africa Corps.
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How British Special Forces Missed General Rommel at Beda Littoria
One night in mid-October 1941, a British Army intelligence officer disguised as a Senussi Arab was dropped by parachute behind the German lines in the Italian colony of Libya. He was Captain John E. âJockâ Haselden of the Long-Range Desert Group (LRDG). His mission was a hazardous one: to locate the HQ of the commander of the German forces in North Africa, the General Erwin Rommel. Haselden was to lay the groundwork for a bold attempt to either capture or kill Rommel and his cantankerous Italian field commander, General Ettore Bastico.
Check out the Photographs General Erwin Rommel Took of World War II
In the midst of commanding frontline troops, Rommel toted a camera and wielded a lens with artistic imagination and precision amid gunshots and shell bursts. In fact, he created thousands of striking wartime photographs prior to his death in 1944. An overwhelming majority of Rommelâs photographs document simple and poignant moments in the everyday lives of his men. He labeled many of his pictures with handwritten captions. Rommel took the majority of his wartime pictures during his campaigns between 1940 and 1942, although he took some during his command of Army Group B and the fortifying of the Normandy coastline in 1944.
WWII through Famed German military leader Erwin Rommel's Private Photo Collection
Witness the Panzers of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's famed "Ghost Division" sweeping into France and see raging African sandstorms in a never-before-seen collection of Rommel's personal photos confiscated by the U.S. military in WWII. Published together for the first time in "Erwin Rommel: Photographer--Volume 1: A Survey," this collection features hundreds of photos Rommel took amid the heat of battle and in quiet times. Author/illustrator Zita Steele digitally restored and enhanced 340+ photos, bringing out details such as faces of ordinary German soldiers placing wreaths around makeshift graves of fallen comrades.
Desert Fox Erwin Rommel was given his legendary goggles by a British PoW
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel gained respect from his foes for his tactical acumen and sense of fairness during the battle for North Africa. Rommel, nicknamed the Desert Fox, also became an iconic wartime figure and the stylish goggles he famously wore across his peak cap became part of the myth. Now the story of how the German came to be in possession of the goggles can be told for the first time. They were given to him by a British prisoner as a gift to thank him for retrieving a stolen hat.
British soldier reveals how Nazi general Rommel spared him from the firing squad
A WWII soldier has revealed how a Nazi general spared him from the firing squad. Roy Wooldridge, 95, from Hendy, Carmarthenshire, was seized while on a mission in France just before D-Day and taken to Erwin Rommel. The Royal Engineer was brought before Rommel and asked if he needed anything. He replied "a pint of beer, cigarettes and a good meal". Now, that empty cigarette packet will feature on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. Wooldridge, who was twice awarded the Military Cross, was sent to the French beaches with a colleague to ensure there were no mines which could blow up the boats during the D-Day landings. Due to the secretive nature of the mission, he was not wearing a uniform or carrying id.
Report reveals how physician was forced to put 'heart attack' on Rommel's death certificate to cover up his forced suicide
A police report from 1960 has surfaced in Germany showing the shabby Nazi conspiracy to cover up the forced suicide of Desert Fox` Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Rommel killed himself with cyanide on October 14 1944 after he was implicated in the failed plot of July that year to kill Hitler with a bomb at his HQ in East Prussia. Rommel, the most high-profile warrior of his country, exalted by the newsreels and adored by the people, was promised that his family would be spared revenge if he took his own life. Now the man who falsified his death certificate, Dr Friedrich Breiderhoff, has spoken from beyond the grave of the cynical charade he was forced into to cover up his death.
Manfred Rommel, son of the Desert Fox, who forged a friendship with Monty`s son, dies at 84
Manfred Rommel, who has died aged 84, was the only son of the `Desert Fox` Erwin Rommel and a witness to German commander`s last moments; after the war he forged a friendship with the only son of his father`s adversary Bernard Montgomery. Manfred was just 15 when, in July 1944, weeks after D-Day, his father was severely injured after his staff car was strafed by an Allied fighter.
Allies discussed assassinating Rommel in run-up to D-Day landings
Plans to assassinate key German figures, including Erwin Rommel, in the run-up to D-Day are revealed in newly-released British intelligence files. It was discussed in communications between the British government, military and intelligence services with the aim of aiding the landings. They planned to target those involved in the Gestapo and enemy logistics. The letters and telegrams detailing the plans were revealed in a file, dated 1944 and entitled "War (General)", from the foreign office's permanent under-secretary of state Sir Alexander Cadogan.
Rommel's son's account of his father's last moments after Hitler ordered him to take a cyanide pill
An account of the German general Erwin Rommel being led away to his death told by his son has been discovered. In a revealing letter written by Manfred Rommel, he tells of his father's last moments after he was ordered to commit suicide by Hitler. His father explained to him he had to poison himself after being implicated in a plot to assassinate the Nazi dictator. The 15-year-old described watching Rommel, known as the 'Desert Fox', being led into a staff car by two German generals minutes later. Manfred's account details how his mother took a phone call from a hospital just 15 minutes later to inform her her husband had died. The 2-page document has come to light after it sold at auction as part of an archive of other wartime mementoes.
Desert Fox Erwin Rommel covered up love affair which led to illegitimate child for sake of his career
He is viewed as Hitler's finest general, respected even by the Allies as an honourable soldier. However, in matters of the heart, his ruthless streak got the better of his chivalrous side. Now his grandson, Josef Pan, is to publish the story of his grandmother Walburga's love affair with Rommel an affair which he says Rommel covered up for the sake of his Nazi career. Mr Pan owns the 150 letters Rommel sent to Walburga, who committed suicide 15 years after she bore his child: "Walburga gave birth to my mother Gertrud Stemmer, on December 8, 1913, but Rommel turned away from her and married Lucie Mollin in 1916."
SAS mission to kidnap Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is disclosed in the first war diary authorised by the regiment
The SAS War Diary, which discloses its exploits, has been hailed as an extraordinary treasure trove for historians as it discloses the secrets of the SAS's WWII raids. The public can now read the reports written by David Stirling, the regiment's founder, and other SAS men that include a mission to kill or capture Erwin Rommel at a French chateau in 1944. The SAS Regimental Association has authorised the sale of the books to raise funds for the dozens of wounded special forces men. Each 600page volume is being sold for £975, with the print run limited to 1,000 books.
Rommel family fury at film that portrays "Desert Fox" as a war criminal, upstart and Hitler's pet
A new TV film that tarnishes the "Good Nazi" image of WWII general Erwin Rommel has drawn criticism from members of Rommel's family. In a letter written to the producers of Rommel, Dr Manfred Rommel - son of the field marshal - has branded the film "lies". The family is offended by suggestions that Rommel was not the decent military commander. Four years ago, a documentary film called Rommel's War claimed to expose the Rommel 'myth', pointing to the general's clear role in in a bid to exterminate Jews from the Arab world. The documentary's author, historian Jorg Mullner, then defended the claim by saying: "With his victories, Rommel was simply preparing the way for the Nazi extermination machine".
Portrait of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel to be auctioned (photo)
Rare portrait of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, nicknamed the Desert Fox, is to be auctioned off by Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers.
WW2 veteran: Erwin Rommel was in my sights, If only I'd had a sniper with me
Royal Artillery gunner Jim Purves had to adjust his binoculars because he couldn't believe what he saw. As the man in the German uniform came into focus, he could make out every detail, from the field glasses to the black cross insignia. He muttered: "If only I had a sniper." Jim had just spotted General Erwin Rommel - the Third Reich's master tactician, nicknamed the Desert Fox for outsmarting the Allies. But Jim was only on a reconnaissance mission and had no weapon powerful enough to take out Rommel. "I remember his pristine uniform as he stood beside his staff car, surrounded by armoured vehicles."
Erwin Rommel's diary explores the reasons of Nazi Germany's defeat in the desert
Why Britain won: by Erwin Rommel, commander of the Afrika Korps --- We had lost the decisive battle of the African campaign. It was decisive because our defeat had resulted in the loss of a large part of our infantry and motorised forces. The astonishing thing was that the authorities, German and Italian, looked for the fault not in the failure of supplies, not in our air inferiority... but in the command and troops. Looking back, I am conscious of only one mistake: that I did not circumvent the "victory or death" order 24 hours earlier. The first essential condition for any army to be able to stand in battle is parity ... in the air.
Rudolf Schneider served in personal protection and reconnaissance force for Erwin Rommel
Iron Cross winner Rudolf Schneider joined the Wehrmacht in 1941 and was rapidly drafted into German North African forces after serving in Iraq, where his knowledge of Allied weaponry was noticed by his commanders. Soon he was drafted into the Kampf Staffel Khiel, a 386-strong unit which travelled with General Erwin Rommel. Despite his close ties with the Nazi high command, Rommel wasn't ardent nazi: "When the propaganda photos were taken... they would drape Swastika flags over the vehicles. When the cameramen went away, Rommel would order the Swastikas to be taken away. He didn't like Nazi insignia... He said, `I am a German soldier´."
Erwin Rommel: A Mythical Figure - A Special Exhibition at the Haus der Geschichte
A universally familiar figure, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, probably the best-known German soldier of World War II, is easily identifiable by his leather coat, dust goggles and Knight's Cross. His reputation is legendary: not just German, but also American and British veterans of the North African battlefields idolize him to this day. Rommel, the "Desert Fox", continues to be the patron of many German Army barracks and a cult figure of war movies. With its "Rommel - A Mythical Figure" exhibition, the Haus der Geschichte (History Museum of) Baden-Württemberg presents the first major event ever on Erwin Rommel: numerous Rommel family items, photos, and films.
Charley Fox, Spitfire pilot who who wounded Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, dies
The Canadian Spitfire pilot often credited with wounding the Nazi Germany's most hyped commander, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, in a strafing attack in the weeks after D-Day, has died at 88. It took years before Fox was cited for the attack on Rommel - because there were claims by the Americans that they did it, plus a South African pilot is thought to have executed the attack. "As soon as we got airborne ... we started heading toward Caen... looking for targets of opportunity - anything that was moving. It was the other side of Caen, and I saw this staff car coming along between a line of trees on a main road..." Fox recalled.
[Fiction] Killing Rommel by Steven Pressfield
Based on real-life events, "Killing Rommel" concerns the daring British and Commonwealth soldiers who faced German General Erwin Rommel's desert forces, which in 1942 dominated Northern Africa west of Egypt. The story is narrated by R. Lawrence "Chap" Chapman, a minor player in the dramatic African action of World War II. As a very young British officer, he was tasked to the Long Range Desert Group (LDRG), a glamorous posting in an outfit prizing resourcefulness and improvisation, qualities necessary to surviving LDRG's extreme dangerous assignments. The story is so rich in details that it is hard to read without maps at the elbow.
Heil Rommel: New documentary taints image of Desert Fox Rommel
The legend of military genius Erwin Rommel, the German Field Marshal lives on. If Erwin Rommel, lauded as a master military tactician even by his enemies, had managed to fight his way through North Africa, he would have sealed the fate of thousands who had fled from the Nazi terror. A new documentary on Germany's ZDF tv channel seeks to correct Rommel's image as a gentleman warrior whose campaigns in North Africa weren't connected with the murderous wars Nazi Germany unleashed in Europe. Adolf Hitler was celebrated in large parts of the Arab world, and some likened him to the Prophet. The Desert Fox was almost as popular: "Heil Rommel" was a common greeting.
Pilot Charley Fox recalls how he wounded the Desert Fox (Article no longer available from the original source)
This is the story of how a quiet, unassuming Canadian air force pilot named Charley Fox wounded Germanys greatest field marshal, the Desert Fox. Fox, who flew over Normandy three times during D-Day, told his story. The Guelph native, who is 86, was looking for targets on July 17, 1944 in Normandy, when he spotted a car carrying Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and a number of his aides. Fox described how he fired from his Spitfire and struck the car carrying one of Nazi Germanys top military men.
Rommel: The End Of A Legend by Ralf Georg Reuth (Article no longer available from the original source)
The legend of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the Desert Fox, is threefold: he was a simple soldier who did his duty and knew nothing of Nazism; he was a commander of superlative talent in North Africa in 1941-2; he was a leader of resistance to Hitler who gave his life after the failure of the July 1944 plot. Reuth shows that all of these assumptions are false. Rommel was a officer whose ambitions were in perfect harmony with the aims of the Nazis. He colluded in the marketing of his persona by Goebbels, whose newsreels built him up like a movie star. He was mindlessly loyal to the Reich and Führer.
Rommel's journal entries from 1940 Blitzkrieg
General Erwin Rommel led the 7th Panzer Division as it crashed through the Belgian defenses into France, skirting the Maginot Line and then smashing it from behind. This was a new kind of warfare integrating tanks, air power, artillery, and motorized infantry into a steel juggernaut emphasizing speedy movement and maximization of battlefield opportunities. Rommel kept a journal of his experiences. In this excerpt, he describes the action on May 14 as he leads a tank attack against French forces near the Muese River on the Belgian border: "Rothenburg now drove off through a hollow to the left with the five tanks which were to accompany the infantry..."
Rommel's defeat - His son Manfred Rommel recounts D-Day
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was Hitler's man in charge of repelling the Allied invasion on D-Day. Here his son Manfred Rommel recounts how the landings caused divisions in the German command, and led to the downfall of both the German forces and his father. On 6 June I was at our home, because my father was coming to spend the night on his way to visit Hitler at Berchtesgaden, and it was my mother's 50th birthday. But at 0800 he received a call from his chief of staff announcing that the landing had begun. He took his car and traveled back to his headquarters in France - it was too dangerous for him to fly as the Allies had huge air superiority.
The Forced Suicide of Field Marshall Rommel, 1944
For a time, Erwin Rommel was Hitler's favorite general. Gaining prominence in 1940 as a commander of a panzer division that smashed the French defenses, Rommel went on to command the Afrika Korps where his ability to inspire his troops and make the best of limited resources, prompted Hitler to elevate him to the rank of Field Marshall. In 1943, Hitler placed Rommel in command of fortifying the "Atlantic Wall" along the coast of France - defenses intended to repel the inevitable invasion of Europe by the Allies. By the beginning of 1943, Rommel's faith in Germany's ability to win the war was crumbling, as was his estimation of Hitler.
Stopping Rommel's Panzer divisions - Brigadier Sir Rainald Lewthwaite
Brigadier Sir Rainald Lewthwaite had a distinguished career with the Scots Guards. At the start of March 1943, the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards formed part of a slender line of troops which had been hurried forward to face a counter-attack by Rommel's Panzer divisions at Medenine. The battalion position extended for 2,000 yards with the ground rising for about 300 yards in front. There had been no time to lay a minefield. The aim of Rommel's Panzer divisions was the high ground behind the battalion position, dominating the Medenine plain. If they took it, the 8th Army's position would be indefensible; if they failed, the days of the Afrika Corps might be numbered.
Operation Flipper - Killing or capturing Rommel
Operation Flipper - The story of the raid on Rommel's headquarters in the Libyan desert. The small raiding party achieved total surprise but due to poor intelligence there never was a chance of killing or capturing the General - he was in Rome at the time and in any event had never stayed in the property. A small party left Alexandria on the evening of the 10th of November 1941 in the submarines Torbay and Talisman. On board the former were Lt. Col. Geoffrey Keyes, two officers and 22 men and on the latter were Laycock, two officers and 24 men.
Erwin Rommel letters reveal secret second family - And a daughter: Gertrud Pan (Article no longer available from the original source)
Erwin Rommel, the German tank commander known as the Desert Fox, had a secret child by a teenage girlfriend. The girl's mother committed suicide when Rommel later married another woman. Until now the field marshal has been seen as an upright soldier with a conventional life, happily married to his wife Lucie with a son, Manfred. The existence of his second family has emerged in a collection of 150 letters and photos, kept for decades by his illegitimate daughter Gertrud Pan. "There were hints from some fellow officers and an army nurse, and I put it to the museum curator in Rommel's home town, who confirmed the family's existence," said Sallyann Kleibel.
The Real Rommel - Bio of Panzer commander "Desert Fox"
Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox", was a German war hero whose exploits during the WWII are the stuff of legend. He appears to have been the archetypal "good German", an apolitical soldier and cunning military genius. But he had a secret love affair that almost ruined his career and he was more political than his fans would like to believe. In 1937, Rommel published The Infantry Attacks, a book based on his war experiences. It appealed to Hitler, and Rommel was put in charge of his bodyguard. In February 1941, after the successful campaign against France, Rommel was sent to northern Africa, and led the Afrika Korps.