Erwin Rommel

1891 - 1944

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Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel (pronounced [ˈɛʁviːn ˈʁɔməl] ; 15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was a German Generalfeldmarschall (field marshal) during World War II. Popularly known as the Desert Fox (German: Wüstenfuchs, pronounced [ˈvyːstn̩ˌfʊks] ), he served in the Wehrmacht (armed forces) of Nazi Germany, as well as in the Reichswehr of the Weimar Republic, and the army of Imperial Germany. Rommel was injured multiple times in both world wars. Rommel was a highly decorated officer in World War I and was awarded the Pour le Mérite for his actions on the Italian Front. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erwin Rommel has received more than 12,130,792 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Erwin Rommel is the 7th most popular military personnel (up from 8th in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Germany (down from 36th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Military Personnel.

Erwin Rommel was a German Field Marshal who is most famous for his role in the North African Campaign of World War II. He was a highly decorated officer in the Wehrmacht, and was awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds.

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Among military personnels, Erwin Rommel ranks 7 out of 2,058Before him are Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Timur, Joan of Arc, Charles de Gaulle, and Karl Dönitz. After him are Charles Martel, Khalid ibn al-Walid, Spartacus, Adolf Eichmann, Oda Nobunaga, and William Wallace.

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Among people born in 1891, Erwin Rommel ranks 2Before him is Karl Dönitz. After him are Antonio Gramsci, B. R. Ambedkar, Sergei Prokofiev, Mikhail Bulgakov, Walter Model, Max Ernst, Nelly Sachs, Edith Stein, James Chadwick, and John Howard Northrop. Among people deceased in 1944, Erwin Rommel ranks 4Before him are Edvard Munch, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Piet Mondrian. After him are Wassily Kandinsky, Romain Rolland, Claus von Stauffenberg, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, Abdulmejid II, William James Sidis, Reza Shah, and Günther von Kluge.

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Among people born in Germany, Erwin Rommel ranks 38 out of 7,253Before him are Hermann Hesse (1877), Franz Beckenbauer (1945), Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Angela Merkel (1954), and Thomas Mann (1875). After him are Robert Koch (1843), Hermann Göring (1893), Bernhard Riemann (1826), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Alexander von Humboldt (1769), and Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erwin Rommel ranks 2Before him are Karl Dönitz (1891). After him are Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Arminius (-17), Heinz Guderian (1888), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), Michel Ney (1769), Baron Munchausen (1720), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Ernst Röhm (1887).