As part of the preparation for the invasion, Rommel had been promoted to Major General and was entrusted with protecting Hitler as war erupted. Convinced that they were surrounded by an entire German division, the 1st Italian Infantry Division — 10, men — surrendered to Rommel.
Sent to Officer Cadet School in Danzig, he graduated the following year and was commissioned as a lieutenant on January 27, When he was told to stand down, he moved forward and attacked. In the summer ofit would turn out Rommel was right to want more tanks on the coast.
Rommel had met a young woman by the name of Walburga Stemmer while he was posted in Weingarten. Their only child, Manfred, died in Though initially believing that Normandy would be the target, he came to agree with most German leaders that the assault would be at Calais.
Quickly re-forming and resupplying, Rommel counterattacked in Januarycausing the British to prepare defenses at Gazala. Hitler agreed with Rommel, and Rommel began planning an offensive.
He was the only divisional commander present at the planning session for Fall Rot Case Redthe second phase of the invasion of France. As a young man Rommel's father had been a lieutenant in the artillery.
North Africa, Erwin Rommel with officers When Hitler made Rommel a general, he bypassed other more experienced military men to do so. Two generals have brought it with them.