Erwin Rommel Evaluation

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What was Erwin Rommel’s role during World War II, both for the Nazi cause and against its leader, Adolf Hitler?
World War Two was fought by almost all of the major powers. After the end of World War I, and the world wide depression, the Second World War creeped on the horizon. After the Treaty of Versailles which demilitarized Germany, the German people elected a leader for Germany that would hopefully rid them of their economic, political, and social problems caused by the Treaty of Versailles. (Georg Franz-Willing) This leader would be the future dictator of Germany and the leader of the Nazi party, Adolf Hitler. Following Germany’s invasion of Poland, the Allied powers declared war on Germany. These two opposing sides each had their advantages and factors that would lead them to be successful against their rivals. Among these advantages, the military leaders during the war were extremely influential in the course of the war. While the United States forces had great leaders such as General Marshall, General Eisenhower, George S. Patton and the UK had military leaders such as Field Marshal Alan Brooke and Hugh Dowding, the German forces had one of the most skilled and respected military leaders of the 20th century, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was a military leader during World War Two that led the North Africa campaign and many other battles during the war. (Princeton University) Militarily, Erwin Rommel was an outstanding leader during his campaigns and was even respected by the rivaling Allies during the war for his magnificent strategies and leadership. Erwin Rommel’s role during the war was very crucial to the success of the Axis powers during World War Two. However, p...

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...ied the Nazi cause and plotted among others to kill the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler. With Erwin Rommel’s background, it can be understood that his loyalty was still in his home country of Germany. With his past homage to Germany shown by his servitude in World War 1 and then the vigorous work he put into the takeover of most of Europe and the rest of the campaigns, it would be foolish to believe that Rommel’s loyalties were anywhere but Germany. His military contributions clearly show that Rommel’s priorities were to win the war for the Germans and although Rommel might have doubted the path of Germany under the leadership of Hitler, this was not reason enough to try to kill Hitler

**During World War II is often seen as a Nazi Rebel who betrayed the fuehrer in order to stop his tyrannical and unsuccessful rule nearing the end of the Second World War. However, **

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