ADOLF HITLER PROMOTES ERWIN ROMMEL
(1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa, and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. ERWIN ROMMEL, IN NORTH AFRICA, IS PROMOTED GENERALOBERST OF PANZER TROOPS Historically important and most desirable D.S., 4pp. large 4to., 'Fuhrer Headquarters', Jan. 24, 1942, being the signed promotion of ERWIN ROMMEL (1891-1944), 'Commander of Panzergrppe Afrika', to the rank of 'Generaloberst of Panzer Troops. The document names an additional 25 officers for promotion, including KARL-ADOLF HOLLIDT to General of Infantry, FRIEDRICH KIRCHNER to General of Panzer Troops, KURT BRENNECKE to General of Infantry, FERDINAND JODL (brother of Alfred Jodl) to Chief of Staff, Lappland Army, HANS KREBS to Chief of Staff, VII Armeekorps, HELMUTH WEIDLING to Generalmajor, and many others. Co-signed by Field Marshal WILHELM KEITEL (1882-1946) at the conclusion. With blind-embossed seal, fine condition. At this point in the war, the situation was seesawing back and forth in North Africa. Early the previous December, Rommel fell back from Egypt and Tobruk to a defensive line at Gazala, just west of Tobruk, all the while under heavy attack from the Desert Air Force. The Allies kept up the pressure, and Rommel was forced to retreat all the way back to the starting positions he had held in March, reaching El Agheila in December 1941. On 5 January 1942, the Afrika Korps received 55 tanks and new supplies and Rommel started planning a counterattack, which he launched on 21 January. Caught by surprise, the Allies lost over 110 tanks and other heavy equipment. It was for this action that Rommel likely received his promotion. He would continue his successful offensives for another six months, until El Alamein. Rommel's promotions are among the most desirable of all World War II documents. He would receive his next (and last) promotion, to Field Marshal, on June 22, 1942.