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Winston Churchill once said We have a daring and skillful opponent against us and may I say across the havoc of war a great general Churchill was always fond of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and his abilities as a leader as seen by his previous words Giving praise to a general of enemys forces is relatively unheard of especially when this general is threatening the safety of your country This just goes to show how truly great Rommel was He was an unorthodox leader he was always at the center of the conflict He would push through enemy forces at full speed He wasnt concerned with the danger exposed to his flanks when he did this he felt the enemy would be too confused to fight back in this situation These tactics proved to be very successful for Rommel Field Marshall Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel was born on the 15th of November 1891 in the small town of Heidenheim near the city of Ulm Germany He was the second son born to Professor Erwin Rommel a schoolmaster His elder brother Manfred died in infancy He also had two younger brothers and one sister Their father died in 1913 after an operation making Erwin the man of the house at the age of twenty-two When Erwin turned 18 he had aspired to join his fathers old regiment but was turned away The same result occurred when he tried to join the engineers On the 19th of June 1910 Rommel became a cadet stationed at the 124th Wurttemberg Regimental headquarters in Weingarten Rommel was quick to impress his superiors and as such found himself with the rank of Sergeant after only eight months While attending the Royal Officer Cadet Academy in Danzig Rommel met his future wife Lucie Maria Mollin They were wed on the 27th of November 1916 In 1912 Rommel was promoted to Second Lieutenant he also began his daily ritual of writing
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