Erwin Rommel Biography (Short)

Biography Project – Erwin “Desert Fox” Rommel

Erwin Rommel was born 1891 in the German Empire. Rommel's father was a teacher, and his mother was the daughter of a senior official. A career as an army officer began to be fashionable, even among middle-class southern Germans, after the establishment of the German Empire in the 1870s. Rommel had during his childhood a considerable if not extraordinary technical aptitude, which at one point led him to consider becoming an engineer.
As being the son of the Protestant headmaster of a secondary school Rommel grew up well educated, but at the age of 19 he joined the local 124th Wurttemberg Infantry Regiment as an officer cadet. After two years he became a commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served in WWI. Rommel fought on the French, Romanian, and Italian fronts. It was the time spent as lieutenant in the German infantry, fighting the Italians in the Alps around Venezia Giulia that molded him into a hero of WWI. Rommel also received Prussia's highest award, the order of Pour le Merite, after fighting in the Battles of Isonzo, the Battle of Longarone and the capture of Mount Matajur. [1] [3]
During the intermittent period between post-WWI and   WWII Erwin Rommel wrote his book most renown book, Infantry Attacks. Infantry attacks examines and analyzes many of the battles he fought in during WWI. It became an essential reading for both German and allied commanders during WWII and even to present date. Even with what would seem like a influential reputation Rommel paid little attention to politics during the interwar years. He was part of the 100,000-man German Army allowed by the Treaty of Versailles. In the aftermath of the Nazis' seizure of power in 1933, he remained in the army, continuing to hold a comparatively low rank. Rommel must have attracted Hitler's attention, because in 1936 Hitler put him in charge of security arrangements at the Nuremberg party rally, which Rommel managed very well to the point of...