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Erwin Rommel

Data de nascimento: 15. Novembro 1891
Data de falecimento: 14. Outubro 1944

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Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel , apelidado de "A Raposa do Deserto", foi um general marechal-de-campo do exército alemão durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial.

Rommel ficou mundialmente famoso por sua intervenção na África do Norte entre 1941 e 1943, no comando do Afrika Korps, um destacamento do exército alemão destinado a auxiliar as forças italianas que então batiam em retirada frente ao exército britânico. Por sua audácia e domínio das táticas de guerra com blindados, granjeou o apelido de A Raposa do Deserto e entre os árabes como O Libertador .

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„Don't fight a battle if you don't gain anything by winning.“

— Erwin Rommel, Rommel: In His Own Words
This is cited to to Rommel‎'s Infanterie Greift An [Infantry Attacks] (1937) in World War II : The Definitive Visual History (2009) by Richard Holmes, p. 128, and Timelines of History (2011) by DK Publishing, p. 392, but to George S. Patton, in Patton's Principles : A Handbook for Managers Who Mean It! (1982) by Porter B. Williamson as well as Leadership (1990) by William Safire and Leonard Safir, p. 47

„War without Hate“

— Erwin Rommel
The title he chose for his memoirs of the North Africa Campaign, published in 1950.Mortal [[danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.]]

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„Be an example to your men in your duty and in private life.“

— Erwin Rommel
Context: 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. Address as Director of the Military School in Weiner Neustadt at the passing out parade of the 1938 class of cadets. A note by General Bayerlein in the Rommel Papers (1953), edited by Basil Henry Liddell Hart. p. 241.[[War without Hate ]]

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„It is during the pursuit, when the beaten enemy is still dispirited and disorganised, that most prisoners are made and most booty captured.“

— Erwin Rommel
Context: When a commander has won a decisive victory - and Wavell's victory over the Italians was devastating - it is generally wrong for him to be satisfied with too narrow a strategic aim. For that is the time to exploit success. It is during the pursuit, when the beaten enemy is still dispirited and disorganised, that most prisoners are made and most booty captured. Troops who on one day are flying in a wild panic to the rear, may, unless they are continually harried by the pursuer, very soon stand in battle again, freshly organised as fully effective fighting men. Ch. V : Graziani's Defeat - Cause and Effect, p. 96.

„The Italian command was, for the most part, not equal to the task of carrying on war in the desert, where the requirement was lightning decision followed by immediate action. The training of the Italian infantryman fell far short of the standard required by modern warfare. … Particularly harmful was the all pervading differentiation between officer and man.“

— Erwin Rommel
Context: The Italian command was, for the most part, not equal to the task of carrying on war in the desert, where the requirement was lightning decision followed by immediate action. The training of the Italian infantryman fell far short of the standard required by modern warfare. … Particularly harmful was the all pervading differentiation between officer and man. While the men had to make shift without field-kitchens, the officers, or many of them, refused adamantly to forgo their several course meals. Many officers, again, considered it unnecessary to put in an appearance during battle and thus set the men an example. All in all, therefore, it was small wonder that the Italian soldier, who incidentally was extraordinarily modest in his needs, developed a feeling of inferiority which accounted for his occasional failure and moments of crisis. There was no foreseeable hope of a change for the better in any of these matters, although many of the bigger men among the Italian officers were making sincere efforts in that direction. Ch. XI : The Initiative Passes, p. 262.[[Courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.]]

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„One must not judge everyone in the world by his qualities as a soldier: otherwise we should have no civilization.“

— Erwin Rommel
As quoted in Dirty Little Secrets : Military Information You're Not Supposed To Know (1990) by James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi, p. 50

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