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GENERAL ERWIN "THE DESERT FOX" ROMMEL - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/17/1939 - HFSID 278503

ERWIN ROMMEL Typed document, signed by Rommel and dated Feb. 17, 1939, when he was commander of the War Academy at Wiener-Neustadt in Austria, outlining activities for "the Day of the Armed Forces". This document was typed less than a month before the invasion of Czechoslovakia and six months before Rommell was promoted to general.

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ERWIN ROMMEL
Typed document, signed by Rommel and dated Feb. 17, 1939, when he was commander of the War Academy at Wiener-Neustadt in Austria, outlining activities for "the Day of the Armed Forces". This document was typed less than a month before the invasion of Czechoslovakia and six months before Rommell was promoted to general.
Typed document signed "Rommel" in pencil as "Oberst und Kommandeur" ("Colonel and Commander"). 1 page, 8x11½. Feb 17, 1939. German, translated. This is a schedule of activities for "the Day of the Armed Forces on March 19, 1939" at the War Academy in Wiener-Neustadt, near Vienna, Austria. Activities included a slide show and lecture entitled "Wiener Neustadt and its war school". This document adds: "We are in need of a poster for the Day of the Armed Forces that expresses the meaning of this day for the war school. Designs are to be submitted no later than March 1 to: Colonel and instruction group commander Jordan". Rommel had been appointed commandant of the War Academy at Wiener-Neustadt, near Vienna, Austria, the year before this letter was written. 1939 was a tense and active year, both for Rommel and Europe. Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, invading on March 15 and taking it on March 16, less than a month after this letter was written. Rommel was twice tapped to command Adolf Hitler's mobile headquarters in Czechoslovakia. He was later promoted to general on Aug. 25 and, on Oct. 10, was given command of the 7th Panzer Division, which performed brilliantly during the invasions of Belgium and France in 1940. Rommel (1891-1944, born Heidenheim, Germany) won the Iron Cross as a young German officer in WWI. Remaining in the army after the war, Rommel became an influential instructor, whose book on infantry tactics (1937) was admired by Hitler. As a division commander, Rommel played a key role in the conquest of France in 1940. Thereafter, he was assigned to lead the newly formed Afrika Korps, where his daring attacks earned his enduring nickname "the Desert Fox." Defeated by British General Montgomery at el-Alamein in late 1942 and driven from Africa by combined Allied forces the following year, Rommel was put in charge of defending occupied France against an expected Allied invasion in 1944. Implicated in plots against Adolf Hitler - he favored Hitler's removal from power but not his assassination - Rommel was confronted with evidence of his complicity and offered a choice between suicide (with a state funeral, immunity for his family and his involvement covered up) or being placed on trial for treason. He committed suicide by taking poison on October 14, 1944. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Two binder holes on left edge. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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