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Field Marshal Karl von RundstedtDownload nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Field Marshal Karl von Rundstedt

Description: Field Marshal Karl von Rundstedt (Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt; December 12, 1875-February 24, 1953), at right, attending the funeral of Erwin Rommel in Ulm, Germany, 1944; von Rundstedt was called "The Black Knight," holding the highest field commands in some of the most important battles of World War II; he never faced trial after the war because of ill health and was released in July 1948; Rommel was buried with full Nazi German military honors after an announcement that he had died of wounds inflicted in World War II; (Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel; November 15, 1891-October 14, 1944); Rommel, who became known as the Desert Fox, was perhaps the most famous German Field Marshal of World War II; best known for leadership of the German and Italian forces in the North African Campaign (June 10, 1940-May 16, 1943) and also for commanding the German forces opposing the Allied invasion in Normandy; he ignored orders to kill captured Jewish soldiers or civilians; late in the war he joined in the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889-April 30, 1945), and was implicated in the failed July 20, 1944 plot to kill him; because of Rommel's popularity with Germans, Hitler did not have Rommel executed for trying to kill him, but instead permitted him to commit suicide; no other German military leader received the accolades that were given to Rommel by his adversaries, not the least of whom was Germany's most dedicated opponent during that war, England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; 1874-1965), who said of Rommel (while he was alive and fighting in Africa): "We have a very daring and skillful opponent against us, and, may I say across the havoc of war, a great general" and (when Churchill learned of Rommel's death and his part in the plot to assassinate Hitler): "He also deserves our respect, because, although a loyal German soldier, he came to hate Hitler and all of his works, and took part in the conspiracy to rescue Germany by displacing the maniac and tyrant. For this, he paid the forfeit of his life. In the somber wars of modern democracy, there is little place for chivalry" Rommel was best portrayed twice by James Mason in the 1951 film The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel and (in cameo) in the 1953 film The Desert Rats, as well as a startling and eccentric profile rendered by Eric von Stroheim as Rommel in Billy Wilder's absorbing 1943 film Five Graves to Cairo; by an unknown actor in the strange 1943 poverty row Monogram production Enemy of Women (AKA: The Private Life of Paul Joseph Goebbels); by Paul Klinger in the 1959 German film Rommel ruft Kairo; by Albert Lieven in the 1960 film Foxhole in Cairo; by Gregory Gaye in the 1962 film Hitler; by Werner Hinz in the 1962 film The Longest Day; by Christopher Plummer in the 1967 film The Night of the Generals; by Robert Hossein in the 1969 Italian film La battaglia di El Alamein (The Battle of El Alamein); by Manuel Collado in the 1969 Spanish film Hora cero: Operación Rommel (U.S.: Hell's Brigade: The Final Assault); by Karl Michael Vogler in the 1970 film Patton; by Wolfgang Preiss in the 1971 film Raid on Rommel; by Helmut Griem in the 1990 made-for-TV film The Plot to Kill Hitler; by Michael York in the 1990 film Night of the Fox;

Category: World War II

Topic: Germany

Keywords: assassinations, autocrats, Desert Fox, dictators, films, funerals, German field marshals, German generals, Germans, Germany, military leaders, military offenses, motion pictures, movies, National Socialism, Nazi Germany, Normandy invasion, Second World War, suicides, Third Reich, tyrants, wars of aggression, World War II, WWII, 1940s.

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 1863 x 1277 (2.38 MPixels) (1.46)

Print Size: 15.8 x 10.8 cm; 6.2 x 4.3 inches

File Size: 6.84 MB (7,173,076 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000011365

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection


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