Rommel vs Patton

Topics: Erwin Rommel, World War II, Battle of the Bulge Pages: 4 (1043 words) Published: January 29, 2014

Great Leaders of World War II
I have decided to write my paper over two of the greatest generals of World War II: Erwin Rommal and George S. Patton. These two men are the most well known generals of World War II and for a reason. They both are nearly identical in the way they fought their fought their opponents

Erwin Rommel was born in Heidenheim (then part of the German Empire). At age 14, Rommel and a friend built a full-scale glider that was able to fly short distances. (generals) Rommel considered becoming an engineer. (teacher) However to make his father proud, Rommel instead joined the local Infantry Regiment as an officer cadet in 1910 and was sent to the Officer Cadet School in Danzig. He graduated on 15 November 1911 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in January 1912. (generals)

During World War I, Rommel fought in France as well as in Romania and Italy. He gained a reputation for great courage, making quick tactical decisions and taking advantage of enemy confusion. (teacher) He was wounded three times and awarded the Iron Cross, First and Second Class. Rommel also received Prussia's highest award, the order of Pour le Mérite. (generals)

Rommel acted as commander of the Führerbegleithauptquartier (Führer escort headquarters) during the Polish campaign, often moving up close to the front in the Führersonderzug and seeing much of Hitler. (generals) After the Polish defeat, Rommel asked Hitler for command of a panzer division. Three months later he was given command of the 7.Panzer-Division.

Rommel then was on the fast track up the chain of command. He used all of the skills he had learned and perfected in France. His division moved so fast it was know has the "Ghost Division" because the pace and extent of their attacks put them so far ahead that they were frequently out of communication with the rest of the army. (teacher)

Rommel's reward for his success was to be promoted and appointed commander of the 5th Light Division and of the...
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