"Rommel was a highly decorated officer in World War I and was awarded the Pour le Mérite for his actions on the Italian Front. In 1937 he published his classic book on military tactics, "Infantry Attacks", drawing on his experiences in that war. In World War II, he distinguished himself as the commander of the 7th Panzer Division during the 1940 invasion of France. His leadership of German and Italian forces in the North African campaign established his reputation as one of the ablest tank commanders of the war, and earned him the nickname, "the Desert Fox". He later commanded the German forces opposing the Allied cross-channel invasion of Normandy in June 1944. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds on May 11, 1943.
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