Published in very limited numbers on the death in 1944 of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel, this beautiful, 100 page heavily illustrated hardcover book is a tribute to a famous soldier of World War II.
Like the General himself, this book is understated yet elegant. Gold blocking of crossed Marshal’s batons under an army eagle above the word ROMMEL is all that decorates the simple desert-tan linen hard cover.
There is no author or publication date because this book was privately printed in Germany by the Rommel family in tribute to the fallen national hero. However you can easily distinguish this copy from the later 1984 40th year anniversary of death edition. This first original edition has the crossed marshal's batons in color (gold, red and black), while the 1984 40th year anniversary of death edition has it only in gold. Also the Rommel photo on the first page is an original mounted photograph, while the photo in the 1984 edition is just half tone and printed on page.
This publication was NEVER distributed for sale in any store, or available to the general public!
The photographs in this book are a splendid collection - Rommel’s batons and Wehrmacht uniform cap, the folder and award documents for his Oak Leaves with Diamonds for the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, a letter from Adolf Hitler, Rommel and Hitler, Rommel’s Pour le Mérite and his Ritterkreuz, Rommel in Africa and at the Atlantic Wall, his home in Herrlingen, and of course, Rommel in death.
The text of the book consists of an overview of Rommel’s military career in the Imperial Germany and Nazi German times and his military awards.
There is a long dissertation on Rommel’s service as commander of the Afrikakorps (DAK or Africa Corps), a photograph of his death mask, facsimiles of the cards announcing his funeral and an interesting epilogue that complete this rare book.