By Dr. Michael Rinella The appointment of Erwin Rommel as commander of the 7th Panzer Division (nicknamed the "Ghost Division") in February 1940 seems, in the light of his many triumphs in France and North Africa, an unremarkable and perfectly natural choice. At the time, however, nothing could have been further from the truth. For the invasion of France, code-named Fall Gelb (Plan Yellow), Germany had assembled roughly 135 divisions, but only 10 of these were panzer divisions. Rommel had no p


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