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.
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.
Rommel is placed in command of the battalion responsible for Hitler's safety on his march into Sudetenland and their entry into Prague.
After a very successful 6 week campaign in France, Rommel returns to Germany a national hero, and is promoted.
This is where Rommel demonstrates his military expertise whilst facing the British arm despite being heavily outnumbered.
Despite logistical inferiority, Rommel defeats the British 8th army, destroying 260 tanks and taking over 30,000 POW.
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 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.
Rommel's Career as a Military Teacher
Rommel is sent to Dresden to teach in military training.
During his time as a teacher, Rommel published a book, "Infantry Attacks," which became a major textbook in military schools.