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German Navy - Guided Missile Destroyer
D 187 FGS Rommel
 
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Type, class: Guided Missile Destroyer / DDG; Lütjens (modified US Charles F. Adams) class
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, USA
 
STATUS:
Laid down: August 22, 1967
Launched: February 1, 1969
Commissioned: May 2, 1970
Decommissioned: September 30, 1998
  Fate: cannibalized / scrapped in 2004 in Aliaga, Turkey
 

Namesake: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891-1944)
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Technical Data: see INFO > Lütjens class Guided Missile Destroyer / DDG
 

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Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (1891 - 1944):

Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 - 14 October 1944), popularly known as The Desert Fox ('Wüstenfuchs') was a German Field Marshal of World War II. He won the respect of both his own troops and the enemies he fought.

Rommel was a highly decorated officer in World War I and was awarded the Pour le Mérite for his exploits on the Italian front. In World War II, he further distinguished himself as the commander of the 7th Panzer Division during the 1940 invasion of France. His leadership of German and Italian forces in the North African campaign established him as one of the most able commanders of the war, and earned him the appellation of the Desert Fox. He is regarded as one of the most skilled commanders of desert warfare in the conflict. He later commanded the German forces opposing the Allied cross-channel invasion in Normandy. His assignments never took him to the Eastern Front.

Rommel is regarded as having been a humane and professional officer. His Afrika Korps was never accused of war crimes, and soldiers captured during his Africa campaign were reported to have been treated humanely. Orders to kill Jewish soldiers, civilians and captured commandos were ignored. Late in the war, Rommel was linked to the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Since Rommel was a national hero, Hitler desired to eliminate him quietly. He forced Rommel to commit suicide with a cyanide pill, in return for assurances that Rommel's family would not be persecuted following his death.

Promotions:
Fähnrich -19 July 1910
Leutnant -27 January 1912
Oberleutnant -18 September 1915
Hauptmann -18 October 1918
Major -1 April 1932
Oberstleutnant -1 October 1933
Oberst -1 October 1937
Generalmajor - 1 August 1939
Generalleutnant - 9 February 1941
General der Panzertruppe - 1 July 1941
Generaloberst - 24 January 1942
Generalfeldmarschall - 21 June 1942

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