Monday, December 8, 2014

Erwin Rommel and his Italian Allies

General Erwin Rommel speaking with his Italian allies. In the middle is Sonderführer Dr. Ernst Franz, Rommel's interpreter. Franz recalls how, after an elite Bersaglieri position was overrun, their commander tearfully pleaded with Rommel: “Believe me, my men are not cowards.” And Rommel replied, “Who said anything about cowards? It’s your superiors in Rome who are to blame! Sending you into action with such miserable weapons.” (Some units in the Axis defence line were equipped with artillery captured from the Austrians in the First World War: quite useless against modern armor!)

Book "The Trail of the Fox: Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel" by David Irving
Photo collection Akira Takiguchi

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