Rommel, Erwin
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Rommel, Erwin

(November 15, 1891, Heidenheim an der Brenz – October 14, 1944, Herrlingen [now Blaustein]; compelled suicide), German officer (after 1942, field marshal). The son of a gymnasium teacher, Rommel was commissioned a lieutenant and joined the 6th Württemberg Infantry Regiment. In 1914–1915 Rommel was decorated several times for personal valor. For his bravery in the storming of Monte Matajur on the Isonzo Front in 1917, Rommel received the highest German decoration for bravery, the order Pour la Mérite, and was promoted to captain. Accepted into the Reichswehr (regular ar…

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Thoss, Bruno, “Rommel, Erwin”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0508>
First published online: 2015



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