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					The Mystery of Rommel’s Missing
                 Erwin Rommel
• Erwin Rommel was born in Heidenheim, Germany, on 15th
  November, 1891. He wanted to study engineering but his father
  disapproved so in 1910 he joined the German Army.
• By the outbreak of the First World War Rommel had reached the
  rank of lieutenant. He fought on the Western Front and in
  January 1915 won the Iron Cross.
• In 1917 Rommel served on the Italian Front and after leading
  the attack on Monte Matajur, was promoted to captain. Soon
  afterwards Rommel and a small group of men swam the Piave
  River in order to capture the Italian garrison at Lognaroni.
• After the war Rommel remained in the German Army and in
  1929 he was appointed an instructor at the Infantry School in
  Dresden. In October 1935 he was promoted to the rank of
  lieutenant colonel and began teaching at the Potsdam War
• An excellent teacher, Rommel's lectures were published as a
  book on infantry tactics in 1937. The book was read by Adolf
  Hitler. Greatly impressed by Rommel's ideas Hitler arranged for
  him to command his HQ staff in Austria and Czechoslovakia.
  The following year he did the same job in Poland.
• Rommel was given command of the 7th Panzer Division that
  invaded France in May, 1940. Rommel's troops moved faster
  and farther than any other army in military history. After reaching
  the Channel he turned south and raced along the coast until he
  reached the Spanish border.
• As a result of his exploits in France he was promoted to the rank
  of general. When Benito Mussolini asked for help in North Africa
  Adolf Hitler sent Rommel to command the new Deutsches Afrika
  Korps and successfully drove the British 8th Army out of Libya.
  He moved into Egypt but was defeated at El Alamein. With the
  USA Army landing in Morocco and Algeria, his troops were
  forced to leave Tunisia.
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• In the early months 1944 Rommel was approached by Ludwig
  Beck and Carl Goerdeler about joining the July Plot. Rommel
  refused, criticising the tactic of assassination claiming that it
  would turn Adolf Hitler into a martyr. Instead he suggested that
  he should be arrested and brought to trial.
• Rommel was now sent to head the German Army in France that
  was preparing for the Allied invasion. Unable to halt the Allied
  troops during Operation Overlord, on 15th July, 1944, Rommel
  warned Hitler that Germany was on the verge of defeat and
  encouraged him to bring the war to an end.
• In the summer of 1944 Rommel was approached about joining
  the July Plot. He refused, criticising the tactic of assassination
  claiming that it would turn Adolf Hitler into a martyr. Instead he
  suggested that he should be arrested and brought to trial.
• In the autumn of 1944 Hitler discovered that Rommel was
  plotting against him. On 14th October, 1944, Rommel was
  visited by two generals who had been sent by Hitler with an
  ultimatum: suicide with a state funeral and protection for his
  family and staff, or trial for high treason. Erwin Rommel took
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          Priceless Jewels
• Sparkling diamonds
           Priceless Jewels
• Scintillating emerald

• sapphires
em•er•ald (em′ ∂r ∂ld em′r∂ld), n 1. a rare variety of the mineral beryl
that is green because of its chromium content and is valued as a gem. 2.
clear, deep green.
Julius Caesar
       • Julius Caesar was born
         in Rome on July 12 or
         13, in the year 100 B.C.
       • Celebrated Roman
         general, statesman, and
       • He was offered the
         crown but refused it,
         knowing Romans’
         dislike for kings.
• Veni, vidi, vici. 'I
  came, I saw, I
  conquered.' These
  are the words of the
  man who changed
  the course of Greco-
  Roman history
              Ides of March
• On March 15, 44 B.C., a day known as the
  Ides of March, Caesar entered the Senate
  House. An assassination plot had been
  hatched by a group of 60 senators, including
  Gaius Cassius and Marcus Junius Brutus. As
  Caesar entered the Senate, he was stabbed
  23 times. He was in midst of launching a
  series of political and social reforms when he
  was assassinated. After Ceasar was
  assassinated, Rome experienced another 13
  years of civil war.
Hitler’s Third Reich
  Third Reich (Jan.1933-May 1945)
• The name reflects A. Hitler’s conception
  of his expansionist regime—which he
  predicted would last 1,000 years—as
  the presumed successor of the Holy
  Roman Empire (800-1806, the First
  Reich) and the German empire under
  the Hohenzollern dynasty (1871-1918,
  the Second Reich).
              William L.Shirer
• Since its publication in 1960,William L.Shirer's
  monumen-tal study of hitler's empire has been widely
  acclaimed as the definitive record of the twentieth
  century's blackest hours.The Rise and Fall of the
  Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told
  examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in
  conquering the world.With millions of copies in print
  around the lgobe,it has attained the status of a vital
  and enduring classic.
  William L.Shirer had a distinguished career as a
  foreigh correspondent,news commentator,and
  historian of the contemporary world.He reported from
  Berlin for the Universal News Service and for CBSon
  the rise of the Nazis and he covered their fall as a
  war correspondent.Out of these reports grew his
  best-sellers Berlin Diary and The Rise and Fall of the
  Third Reich.
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North Africa
 North Africa Campaigns (1940-1943)
• After the 1940 victory by Italian troops in Egypt, the
  Italians were driven back into Libya by British troops.
  German reinforcements led by E.Rommel forced the
  British to retreat into Egypt after the defense of
  Tobruk. In 1942 the British under B. Montgomery
  counterattacked at the Battles of El Alamein and
  pushed the Germans west into Tunisia. In November
  1942 U.S. and British forces under D. Eisenhower
  landed in Algeria and Morocco, then moved east into
  Tunisia. In May 1943 the Allies, advancing from east
  and west, defeated the Axis forces and forced the
  surrender of 250,000 Axis troops.
North Africa in WWII
• The Battle of El Alamein, fought in the deserts of
  North Africa, is seen as one of the decisive victories of
  World War Two. The Battle of El Alamein was primarily
  fought between two of the outstanding commanders of
  World War Two, Montgomery, who succeeded the
  dismissed Auchinleck, and Rommel. The Allied victory at
  El Alamein lead to the retreat of the Afrika Korps and the
  German surrender in North Africa in May 1943.
• By November 2nd 1942, Rommel knew that he was beaten.
  Hitler ordered the Afrika Korps to fight to the last but
  Rommel refused to carry out this order. On November 4th,
  Rommel started his retreat. 25,000 Germans and Italians
  had been killed or wounded in the battle and 13,000 Allied
  troops in the Eighth Army.
Alamein Campaign
Monty: British general in WWII, commanded the British army in N.Africa
Campaign and forced the German retreat from Egypt after the B. of El
Alamein(1942), commanded troops in the Allied invasion of Sicily and
Italy and in the Normandy Campaign, leading the British-Canadian army
group across N France and into N Germany. Promoted to field marshal, he
became chief of the imperial staff (1946-48).
African Corps
Alamein Campaign
• British women soldiers
• British shock brigade
• Australian soldiers
Allied Army Prisoners

                        •   German Prisoners
       7th Amoured Division
• This article is about the military division.
  For the 1953 film see, The Desert Rats
  (film). ... Composed of regular British
  Army units, the famous "Desert Rats"
  division was originally formed as the
  Mobile Division or Mobile Force ...
Desert Outpost
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That remains the unanswered question......

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