17 July 1944
by Bodwyn Wook
On 17 July 1944 in his command car in Normandy, Feldmarschall E Rommel was shot up in a low-level strafing by an Allied Typhoon or Tempest fighter-bomber & gravely wounded.
The propaganda photo shows him shortly after his injuries & with a still-obviously bad left eye. While Rommel was lying in hospital under heavy sedation, anti-Hitler conspirators of the C S von Stauffenberg circle on 20 July tried & failed to blow up the horrid little Austrian ravine German, A Hitler, in his East Prussian bunker.
In the waves of arrests & interrogations afterward, the facts that Rommel had agreed to ask the Western Allies for a ceasefire an Hitler were dead, and that some wanted Rommel placed as acting head of the post-Hitler state, both came to light. This was in effect his death-sentence, and a pair of nazified OKW generals showed up at his home in Swabia with poison on 14th October.
The deal on offer was that Rommel would be said publicly to have died of his wounds, given a funeral with full military honors & that his family would not be molested by the Gestapo. Rommel was still a big name to the German public, he reckoned that the Nazis would very probably not be able easily to take his wife & son for a ride, and so he took cyanide & died.
A complete outline of his career is on-line here:
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