Rommel joke, 1943

Discussion in 'North Africa & the Med' started by dbf, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Published in The Times on Thursday, Oct 28, 1943

    Last edited: Mar 29, 2019
  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    I wonder what would have become of the soldier if his notebook had been read by his supervision!

    Nice find and rather telling of the moral at the time.

  3. Kuno

    Kuno Very Senior Member

    Like it!!!
  4. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Nice find Diane.
  5. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Dbf -
    bit of an odd joke inasmuch as at the Sangro - Rommel was in charge of the Western Wall in France - awaiting D day as he had been replaced from his Northern Italy Command by Kesselring, who took over all of Italy with Vingtenhof - Mackesen and Von Senger...

    Rommel had not been in charge of an army since his abortive attack on 8th Army at Medenine - Tunisia in the March of '43

  6. Passchendaele_Baby

    Passchendaele_Baby Grandads Little Girl

    nice find!
  7. Kuno

    Kuno Very Senior Member

    Tom: I am not very familiar with Italy but somehow I recall that Rommel was as well there in the northern part before going to France...
  8. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron


    Wikipedia shows him as being briefly in Italy as follows:

    On 17 August 1943 Rommel moved his headquarters from Munich to Lake Garda as commander of a new Army Group B created to defend northern Italy.
    After Hitler gave General Albert Kesselring sole Italian command, on 21 November, Rommel moved Army Group B to Normandy in France with responsibility for defending the French coast against the long anticipated Allied invasion.

  9. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    :)Thanks for the comments; it was nice to stumble upon this in a totally unrelated search.

    Who is to say where or when this German soldier wrote in his note book - if he did at all. I took it for what it was, a nice bit of word play, but it may just as well be, erm, a morale booster for the British public tacked onto the end of a news item ... besides, I thought Germans weren't supposed to have a sense of humour. ;)

    [This does sound very like a German joke though ...]


    Another little Rommel-related find ...
  10. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Kuno -
    I did write that in my message to DBF - and Ron backed it up - Rommel was in charge of Northern Italy until Hitler apponted Kesselring with the whole of Italy - Rommel then went to France - for D -Day


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