Famous German Military Leaders
General / 1891 - 1944
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was one of German's most popular generals during World War II, and gained his enemies' respect with his victories as commander of the Afrika Korps. Implicated in a plot to overthrow Hitler, Rommel took his life in 1944.
Military Leader, Political Leader / 1894 - 1987
Adolf Hitler appointed Rudolf Hess deputy of the Nazi party in 1939. Following World War II, Hess was convicted at the Nuremberg Trials and sentenced to life in prison.
Mass Murderer, Military Leader / 1904 - 1942Reinhard Heydrich was a high-ranking German Nazi official best known for being one of the main architects of the Holocaust during the early years of the war.
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