Erwin Rommel – The Desert Fox

Erwin Rommel  – The Desert Fox


Erwin Rommel “The Desert Fox” German Commander Rommel was born in Heidenheim, Germany on November 15th 1891. He joined German Army at 1910 and fought in the First World War as a Second Lieutenant in France the Romanian campaign and the Italian campaign. During the Battle of Caporetto in 1917, Rommel used his pioneering infiltration tactics taking advantage of the terrain against the Italian Forces. Rommel was always up close in the think of the action and was wounded many times. At the end of the war for his efforts he had reached the rank of Captain. During the interwar years Rommel served as an army instructor and wrote a military textbook called infantry tactics which was published in 1937. In 1938 Rommel was assigned to the War Academy at Wiener Neustadt, Austria. When World War II began Rommel at the rank of Major General was given command of Hitler’s personal bodyguard and he became known to the Fuhrer who recognizing his talents appointed Rommel as chief for personal security. In February 1940 was appointed commander of the 7th Panzer-Division during the Battle of France. During the battle of the division earned the nickname is the Ghost Division. Because it could penetrate the Allied lines without infantry support and with such great speed and suprise that it was difficult to track. Rommel swiftly proved his talents and mechanized an armoured warfare in February 1941. When he was made commander of the Africa Corps and sent to Libya, North Africa to support the weakened Italian forces there. He would also be promoted to Lieutenant General. During this time Rommel would acquire the nickname The Desert Fox idolized for his spontaneous and swift aggressive attacks on the enemy. He was also frequently seen close to the action leading from the front as he had done in the First World War which inspired the troops under his command. Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels would also establish Rommel as a hero to the German public back home. In the North African campaign there would be problems of logistics because supplies had to be delivered over vast distances across the desert. But this didn’t stop Rommel from taking swift action on the enemy. Fighting against the British
forces Rommel pushed them back across Cyrenaica and into Egypt. Rommel lay siege to the port city of Tobruk from April 1941 but could not capture it. Following his success in Operation Battleaxe. Rommel now made a new attempt to capture Tobruk and captured the city in June 1941. Earning the promotion of Field Marshal from Hitler. British commander of the Eighth Army Desert Rats Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery would become Rommels main adversary in the desert. He had taken over from Lieutenant General William got after his death in 1942. In November 1942 Rommel and the Africa Corps were defeated at the Second Battle of El Alamein by overwhelming British forces. Rommel was then recalled to Europe in March 1943 when the war in North Africa was lost. In 1944, Rommel as commander of Army Group B was assigned to reinforce the Atlantic Wall the French Channel Coast defenses against an anticipated Allied invasion. On D-Day Rommel’s Army Group B defended itself strongly against the Normandy landings. Rommel’s defensive preparations were well planned, however he was refused by Hitler to allow his tanks to oppose the landings on the beaches. Instead, Hitler ordered him to hold his armor back and reserve for a counter-attack. Germany’s defeat in the war was looking inevitable and Rommel had become increasingly disillusioned with Hitler. Questioning his decisions even directly. Rommel had not followed Nazi ideology throughout the war. And he wanted to negotiate a peace with the Allies. During this time people suggested to him that he could take over as leader if Hitler was overthrown. Unaware to Rommel these people were planning to assassinate Hitler. On July 17, 1944 Rommel was injured in his staff car by a British fighter plane and was sent to hospital. On July 20th an assassination attempt known as the July plot was made on Hitler’s life during a meeting, but failed. When the conspirators were tortured Rommel’s name was brought up. Hitler had to have Rommel executed but he did not want the popular general put on trial for treason publicly. Two officers visited Rommel’s home in October while he was on sick leave and gave him the choice of defending himself to Hitler commit suicide or go on to trial for high treason where he would be given a death sentence and his family would suffer retribution. Rommel opted for suicide by taking a cyanide capsule. The Field Marshal was then given a full state funeral where Nazi propaganda had stated that he had died as a result of the attack on his staff car. Subscribe and click the notification bell for more history videos. Get your copy of Simple History World War II today! Hey Simple History Fans! Thanks for watching. If you’re looking for a way to support the channel and help us create more epic content consider checking out our Patreon page. You can see upcoming episode before anyone else and continue feed your hunger for history. Thank you for being part of this amazing community.

100 thoughts on “Erwin Rommel – The Desert Fox

  1. Did you know? Rommel's Anti-Gas Goggles were a gift from a British prisoner as a thank you for retrieving his cap

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  2. imagine if hitler allowed rommel to use tanks on the dday landing. Those boats would probably all got shot down before they would reach the shore

  3. What’s more good looking

    Tiger 1 or tiger II

    I have both as a cobi model but I can’t thing about what’s bettered

  4. Montgomery was an over rated hack. It wasn't until generals Patton and Bradley came on the scene that Rommel finally start getting beaten back in North Africa.

  5. Gotta admit as a Brit I respect this guy, what a badass.
    Moreover, he often questioned the extreme racial ideologies of the Nazis such as refusing to kill black soldiers or French freedom fighters by his superiors (Not sure if he was so merciful with the Jewish though). He was just an amazing general who was fighting for a state with very unmoral policies.

  6. This video was crazy interesting. Just one thing though. It was a Canadian Spitfire pilot that strafed Rommel’s car. Just one little detail. Nice content even if.

  7. Imagine if he survived the War. I'm sure he would've been a great leader for Germany Post WWII. He wanted to bring peace in the end.

  8. Did you say ghost division?

    'Moving ahead as the blitzkrieg rages on'
    'Shaking the ground with the force of blazing guns'

  9. Just a regular general at war but he doesn't stay in the HQ unless he gets in a tank with his coffee and fights like a true soldier

    Respect to generals like this

  10. The Desert Fox… he was a master at mobile warfare and cunning in the art of deceiving the enemy. His battle strategy demanded a secure supplyline yet, much of his replenishments from Germany ended up at the bottom of the Meditteranean Sea. Where he lacked supplies he cleverly improvised but in the end, his deminished forces succumbed to vastly superior numbers in Noth Africa.

  11. Al general Lee le devolvieron la ciudadanía estadounidense en el gobierno de Carter, algún gobierno alemán rescató a Rommel?

  12. I know this video was a while ago but the facts at the end were not correct Erwin Rommel had a lot of enemies and they were the ones that told him the kill himself Hitler never gave the order

  13. Forgot to mention that he also served his own morality above Hitler’s orders. He indirectly refused to follow Hitler’s “Nacht und Nebel” decree, which told the leading officers to execute all British/American/Canadian officers and Russian commisars, by burning the papers that was sent to him(the papers of the decree), and pretending he never received it. Instead taking them as PoWs when they had laid down arms, despite Hitler’s decree.

    Now that’s some real guts.

  14. How can we trust the ally version of the events any more than the Nazis? No ultra, Epstein, Guantanamo bay, 9/11, watergate etc.

  15. Im from germany and some Guys in germany say of the British guys are allowed to be Proud of Montgomery and the French of Napoleon the german Can be proud of german soildgers in the World wars there so big Idiots 😂😂

  16. Last time The 7th Panzer division was so fast that they were already raising the swastika flag right before france surrendered

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