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Erwin Rommel.

Was this guy even real? 

So not ONLY was this guy a tactical genius who published a book on military strategy, but he was just an amazing stand-up guy, too.

The man built a working glider at 14.

He wasn’t an aristocrat like most of the German military higher-ups and managed to rise up through the ranks despite his more humble origins and turning down offers of promotions that would take him away from the front lines.

A newspaper once identified Rommel as a member of the Nazi party, and he got PISSED. At a time when that identification might have benefitted him and ingratiated him to the powers that were, he refused to be linked with the Nazi party and insisted on a printed retraction.

This man’s Africa Corps has never even been accused of war crimes. He ordered that “enemy” laborers be paid for their work, refusing to be associated with slave labor. He abjectly refused to carry out Hitler’s orders to execute Jewish civilians, POWs, and commandos. NOT ONLY did he refuse, but he confronted Hitler on the issue. When OTHER divisions killed “enemy” civilians, Rommel asked Hitler to be allowed to punish them for it. 

He had a civil tea with several captured commandos, expressing his regret that they could not have been allies in the war.

The man had the respect of his enemies, Patton, Churchill and Montgomery, and praised them highly in return.

He loved his wife fiercely and wrote her at least one letter EVERY SINGLE DAY he was in the field.

He wanted to get rid of Hitler. Not just gone, he wanted him to stand trial and face justice for his actions so he couldn’t be seen as a martyr, but knew that was not an option at the time. As a result, he joined the failed conspiracy to assassinate Hitler, and his involvement in the plot was discovered. Despite this, Hitler was too afraid to have Rommel face a court! The man was so great that even Hitler was afraid of the repercussions of putting him on trial.

Instead, Hitler hit Rommel in his weak spot - his compassion and loyalty. If Rommel faced trial, his staff would be executed and his family would suffer. If he took his own life, his staff would go unharmed and his family would receive his full pension.

Rommel called his family for the last time, stipulated that NO political paraphernalia was to be exhibited at his funeral (though the bastards later broke their promise and placed swastikas on his coffin), and took a cyanide capsule.

A good, intelligent, humane, loyal man who looks like a god and did the best he could in his difficult circumstances. Be still, my heart!

Tumblr: It’s gross that Steve is dating Peggy’s niece! He should date someone else!

Me: Oh, like ‘Bernie’ Rosenthal, a Jewish-American civilian who was Steve’s long-time girlfriend during DeMatteis’s run on his comic? Since the recent HydraCap storyline has you so focused on Steve’s Jewish creators, then you can see how giving him a Jewish girlfriend would be a cool way to pay homage to that heritage. And since MCU Steve has been so focused on the military/espionage world, to the point of virtually saying he’s not Steve Rogers anymore, it would be great for him to be in a relationship that focused on him as a human being rather than a super-soldier.

Tumblr: Well, wait, no–

Me: He could also date Rachel ‘Diamondback’ Leighton, a reformed member of the Serpent Society who was Steve’s girlfriend during Mark Gruenwald’s iconic run on the title. It certainly would be interesting for the ‘outlaw’ Cap to be paired with a supervillain, and to have their chemistry go hand-in-hand with her efforts at redemption. We could see Steve loosen up a bit and fall for the rule-breaking Diamondback, just as he was drawn to Peggy’s disdain for conformity. Given his own struggles with following orders versus following his heart, what could be more apt?

Tumblr: No, we want it to be someone who Steve already knows and respects. A trusted friend who might turn out to be something more. Even though their relationship appears platonic, it could turn out that there was a simmering sexual tension underneath it all along.

Me: You want him to get together with Black Widow? 

“Who took the pictures?”

I’m a history student, and recently in a lecture I was taking, my professor showed us an image taken in the mid thirties, of one of Hitler’s so called ‘death squads’. It’s a horrible image, one which I won’t repeat here, of someone with a crowbar raised, preparing to beat in the brains of an unarmed civilian. He showed us a handful of others in the same vein; Jewish civilians digging their own graves, SS soldiers posing with piles of naked bodies, civilians jeering as a Jewish man said his final prayers, that sort of thing.

And someone asked “who took the pictures?”

“Good question” My prof responded. “Sometimes soldiers, sending postcards back to their sweethearts. But mostly civilians, passing by, who wanted a souvenir.”

These were crimes of mass murder, conducted in broad daylight, and civilians stopped. Not, for the most part, to object in any way shape or form, but to jeer. 

To spectate.

To take pictures.