One of the most renowned officers in modern military history, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel commanded the German 7th Panzer Division during the 1940 campaign against France and the Low Countries during World War II. He earned the nickname of the “Desert Fox” while commanding the Afrika Korps and Panzerarmee Afrika during the protracted fighting in North Africa. Rommel later commanded Army Group B in France and oversaw construction of the Atlantic Wall defenses that contested the Allied D-Day invasion. Seriously wounded when his staff car was strafed by Allied aircraft, he was recovering at his home in Ulm when he was implicated in the July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Hitler. Rommel chose to commit suicide in October 1944, rather than stand trial for treason and risk harm to his family.
One of Germany’s most outstanding armor leaders made his impact felt on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. More »
Logistics-the practical art of moving arms and keeping them supplied-spelled the difference between victory and defeat in the sands of North Africa. More »
Churchill’s Irish Brigade fought in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy to prove their loyalty to king and country. More »
No. 48 (Royal Marine) Commando, the last such unit to be formed in World War II, was one of the first to land at Juno beach on D-Day. More »
Of all the factors that helped the Allies win the war, none was more important than the unbroken flow of supplies to the front lines. More »
En route to the Italian Front the Allied Fifth and Eighth Armies battled rugged terrain, miserable weather, and determined German resistance. More »
General Omar Bradley proved a capable subordinate to Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Allied supreme commander in Europe. More »
As World War II turned against Hitler, he became desperate to develop weapons that might turn the tide. Some of the technologically advanced systems proved to be devastating.
From the Colmar to the Rhine, Sergeant Carl Erickson fought World War II as a tank driver with the 12th Armored Division.