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Erwin Rommel Quotes

Birth Date: 1891-11-15 (Sunday, November 15th, 1891)
Date of Death: 1944-10-14 (Saturday, October 14th, 1944)


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World War II: German forces, under General Erwin Rommel, reach the English Channel.Monday, June 10th, 1940
World War II: 13,000 British and French troops surrender to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel at Saint-Valery-en-Caux.Wednesday, June 12th, 1940
Erwin Rommel is promoted to Field Marshal after the capture of Tobruk.Monday, June 22nd, 1942
World War II: Second Battle of El Alamein endsGerman forces under Erwin Rommel are forced to retreat during the night.Tuesday, November 3rd, 1942
World War II: Second Battle of El AlameinDisobeying a direct order by Adolf Hitler, General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel leads his forces on a five-month retreat.Wednesday, November 4th, 1942
World War II: Battle of the Kasserine PassGerman General Erwin Rommel and the Afrika Korps launch an offensive against Allied defenses in Tunisia.Sunday, February 14th, 1943
World War II: Fieldmarshal Erwin Rommel ordered to return to Berlin.Saturday, October 7th, 1944


    • In a man to man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.
    • Courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.
    • In view of my services in Africa, I have the chance of dying by poison. Two generals have brought it with them. It is fatal in three seconds. If I take the poison, none of the usual steps will be taken against my family; that is, against you. They will also leave my staff alone.
    • Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.
    • The German soldier has impressed the world, however the Italian Bersagliere soldier has impressed the German soldier.
    • Men are basically smart or dumb and lazy or ambitious. The dumb and ambitious ones are dangerous and I get rid of them. The dumb and lazy ones I give mundane duties. The smart ambitious ones I put on my staff. The smart and lazy ones I make my commanders.
    • Be an example to your men in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered, and teach your subordinates to be the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide.
    • Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.
    • I would be rather more happy had he given me one more division.
    • In the absence of orders, go find something and kill it.
    • One must not judge everyone in the world by his qualities as a soldier: otherwise we should have no civilization.
    • Sweat saves blood, blood saves lives, and brains save both.
    • The art of concentrating strength at one point, forcing a breakthrough, rolling up and securing the flanks on either side, and then penetrating like lightning deep into his rear, before the enemy has time to react.
    • The future battle on the ground will be preceded by battle in the air. This will determine which of the contestants has to suffer operational and tactical disadvantages and be forced throughout the battle into adopting compromise solutions.
    • There are always times where the place of a commander isn't back with his Major State, but onward with his troops.
    • For the Allies and Germany it will be the longest day. The longest day.
    • I didn't die nor win.
    • For me, soldiers are all equal. Those black people wore your same uniform, fought on your side, and so you will be in the same jail.
    • Gentlemen, you have fought like lions and been led by donkeys.
    • Good soldiers, bad officers; but remember that without them we wouldn't have civilization.
    • Dialogue with Italian general Barbasetti at Capuzzo. Barbassetti: 'it was very painful the sacrifice of the X Army Corps abandoned in the desert'; Rommel: 'is this a critic? no disapproval words have come from the Fuhrer'; Barbassetti: 'I watched the endless column of retreating companies, German drivers rejected to pick up on their trucks the Italians'. After these words Rommel silenced.
    • If I had to take hell, I would use the Australians to take it and the New Zealanders to hold it.
    • We have a very daring and skillful opponent against us, and, may I say across the havoc of war, a great General.
    • Rommel was jumpy, wanted to do everything at once, then lost interest. Rommel was my superior in command in Normandy. I cannot say Rommel wasn't a good general. When successful, he was good; during reverses, he became depressed.
    • He was the best leader of fast-moving troops but only up to army level. Above that level it was too much for him. Rommel was given too much responsibility. He was a good commander for a corps of army but he was too moody, too changeable. One moment he would be enthusiastic, next moment depressed.
    • Rommel, you magnificent bastard! I read your book!
    • Anybody who came under the spell of his personality turned into a real soldier. He seemed to know what the enemy were like and how they would react.
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