Erwin Rommel was born in Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany on 15 November 1891. He served as an officer with 124th Württemberg Infantry Regt. on the Western Front in 1914-1915 and was posted as a company commander to the Wurttemberg Mountain Bat., Alpenkorps, in September 1915. His best-known action was a daring flanking advance through the mountains and passes of the Isonzo during the Battle of Caporetto in October-November 1917. These feats brought Rommel the muchcoveted Pour le Mérite. Promoted to Hauptmann he served as a staff officer with XLIV Corps in 1918.

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