At age 19, Erwin Rommel joins the Germany Army as an Officer Cadet, marking the beginning of his military career. Two years later he is promoted to the rank of 2nd lieutenant.
Awarded the Iron Cross Second Class
Rommel is awarded the Iron Cross for bravery in the field after running out of ammunition and then attacked three French soldiers in the woods.
Promoted to Major
Promoted to Colonel
Made Commander of Hitler's Safety
Rommel is placed in command of the battalion responsible for Hitler's safety on his march into Sudetenland and their entry into Prague.
Promoted to Lieutenant General
After a very successful 6 week campaign in France, Rommel returns to Germany a national hero, and is promoted.
Positioned in Africa
This is where Rommel demonstrates his military expertise whilst facing the British arm despite being heavily outnumbered.
Rommel defeats the British 8th army at Tobruk
Despite logistical inferiority, Rommel defeats the British 8th army, destroying 260 tanks and taking over 30,000 POW.
The 'Blitz' Message Fails to Reach Hitler
Rommel gives his 'Blitz' message to a courier to deliver to Hitler as a sort of ultimatum. Rommel wanted Hitler to confess the crimes he had committed in a German court of law. The message failed to reach it's destination.
The Death of Erwin Rommel
Rommel is given the choice to commit suicide via a Cyanide pill, or be hanged consequently stripping his family of their safety. He chose the cyanide pill and was buried with full military honors and was remembered as a national hero.
Rommel's Career as a Military Teacher
Begins Work as a Military Trainer
1929 - 1933
Rommel is sent to Dresden to teach in military training.
Becomes Teacher at the Potsdam War Academy
1935 - 1938
During his time as a teacher, Rommel published a book, "Infantry Attacks," which became a major textbook in military schools.