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GENERAL ERWIN "THE DESERT FOX" ROMMEL - DOCUMENT SIGNED 12/29/1941 - HFSID 258512

ERWIN ROMMEL While his forces counterattack the British 22nd Armored Brigade, he issues awards to his soldiers. Typed DS: "Rommel" in German in indelible pencil, 1p, 8¼x11½, front and verso (North Africa), 1941 December 29. Not signed in ink because the hot African sun would fade ink.

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ERWIN ROMMEL
While his forces counterattack the British 22nd Armored Brigade, he issues awards to his soldiers.
Typed DS: "Rommel" in German in indelible pencil, 1p, 8¼x11½, front and verso (North Africa), 1941 December 29. Not signed in ink because the hot African sun would fade ink. With translation. Cover page on verso of award page: "Award list No. 11/for the/award of the war Distinguished Service Cross/2nd Class/with swords". Awards to Ulrich Steiner (born August 1, 1907) and Hermann Weber (born November 2, 1915). In full: "The specification contained in managing award list corresponds with those the proposal list and those for the current No. 1 and 2 issued possession documents." Signed by Rommel as General of the Armored Troops and Commander of the tank group (Panzergruppe) Africa. From December 2-6, 1941, Rommel's forces tried: to confine the Tobruk garrison to fighting around El Duda, to inflict losses on the British regrouping farther south toward Bir el Gubi and to send help to the Axis garrisons at Bardia, Sollum and Halfaya Pass, which were still holding out against the XIII Corps 4th India Division. Rommel's forces were not strong enough to accomplish all three goals, so from December 8-11 he retreated from Tobruk to Gazala. From December 13-16, Rommel began the long retreat through Cyrenaica to the next defensible position at El Agheila. As the Axis retreat continued, the advancing Allied forces reached Benghazi and Agedabia on December 15th. From December 28-30, 1941, when Rommel issued this order, his retreating forces turned and counterattacked the British 22nd Armored Brigade, suffering severe losses. In 1944, it was discovered that Rommel had contacts with those who conspired to assassinate Hitler. Because he was a national hero, Rommel was privately offered the choice of a public trial or suicide. He chose the latter. It was announced that he had died as a result of injuries suffered in an accident, and it was not until after World War II ended that the truth surfaced. Staple holes at upper left blank corner and upper right margin (touch 1 word of typed text). File holes at blank left and right margins. Lightly creased at top margin. Light horizontal fold touches ascender of "R" and "l" in Rommel. ½-inch tear at bottom blank edge, nicked at top blank edge.

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