Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was a German Field Marshal and commander of the Deutsches Afrika Korps in World War II. He is also widely known by his nickname The Desert Fox (Der Wüstenfuchs).
Now, don't be confused by the fact that we at RallyPoint.com absolutely do not agree with his presumed ideological beliefs as a person. However, Rommel is regarded by many military historians as one of the greatest tacticians to ever live.
So, we wanted to share with you some of his most famous lessons. Enjoy!
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"Courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility."
"In a man to man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine."
"Be an example to your men in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself, and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered, and teach your subordinates to be the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide."
"One must not judge everyone in the world by his qualities as a soldier: otherwise we should have no civilization."
"Gentlemen, you have fought like lions and been led by donkeys."