Field Marshall Erwin Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944) was one of Germany’s finest military commanders. At the start of the second World War Rommel was at the command of a tank division that pushed the British and French troops back to the English Channel. Due to his actions, Rommel was rewarded with a promotion to lieutenant general and was also given the command of the Afrika Korps (The German soldiers based in North Africa). Rommel was then promoted to field marshal after his victory at the Battle of Grazala in 1942, where he also earned his famous nickname ‘Desert Fox’. Rommel had to face the Allied assault on D-Day as he was given the command of the German defenses in northern France. In July 1944 Rommel played a minor role in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The plot had failed. After his arrest, Rommel was given the choice of standing trial or suicide. Consequently Rommel chose to take his own life.