Erwin Rommel [1891-1944]

Military

Joins 124th Infantry Regiment

1910

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

1914

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

1933

Promoted to Colonel

1937

Made Commander of Hitler's Safety

1938

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

1940

After a very successful 6 week campaign in France, Rommel returns to Germany a national hero, and is promoted.

Positioned in Africa

1941

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

1942

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

1944

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

1944

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.

Teaching

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.