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Rommel the Desert Fox Erwin Rommel Jr was born on November 15 1891 As a child he was even tempered and was unremarkable academically and athletically During adolescence he became very adept at mathematics His father and grandfather were both distinguished mathematicians Jr always preferred practical books to works of imagination When the airplane was first built Rommels imagination went wild and he spent many days studying the airplane After high school Rommel Jr was thinking of applying to the Zeppelin works at Friederichshafen but his father the ex-artillery officer advised him to go to the army instead In July 1910 Rommel became a cadet with the 124th Wurttemberg Infantry Regiment in the 26th Infantry Division of the German Imperial Infantry He was going to go in March but a hernia operation set him back four months He served as cadet in the Army until March 1911 Then he attended the prestigious military academy Konigliche Kriegsschule in Danzig The course lasted eight months until the end of November 1911 During that course he rose to Lieutenant Corporal in October and Sergeant at the end of the year That is not all he acquired during his stay He also met the love of his life Lucy Mollin whom he would write to everyday during both World Wars His final reports showed him competent in all subjects but not incredibly smart In Jan 1912 the dapper young Lieutenant Erwin Rommel rejoined the 124th In summer 1914 he served as artillery attachment in drilling practices near Ulm On July 28 1914 the assassination of Franz Ferdinand occurred One month later Rommel would be tested and WWI was underway Rommel received many awards and honors during his service in WWI including the Iron Cross the most distinguished German Military award Rommel always had to be at the front because he knew that in order to successfully deploy his troops he must view the terrain and
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