Friday, March 1, 2013

Erwin Rommel helps to push his stuck staff car somewhere in Northern Africa, January 1941

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Rommel was well respected by his men and enemies. He was a general that had "my men first, then me" kind of attitude. There were sometimes that he preferred to retreat, losing ground and resources, than the lives of his men, hoping he would have the chance to regroup and strike with more force. Rommel also ignored orders, from Hitler himself, to kill Jewish soldiers, civilians, and captured commandos. Overall he treated war as a battle of wits and skill, hoping to out play his enemies and have them surrender, than trying to cause mass casualties and blood shed. Rommel was a German soldier, not a Nazi one, and the distinction is incredibly important. A very inspiring man from a dark point in history.

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