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Rommel Handwriting - Envelope
Old 10-09-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Hi everyone. I have this envelope that I obtained last year and I would like your opinions. I believe it to be Rommel's handwriting, but am not sure what is says or to whom it is addressed to. It is from World War I. Your opinions would be welcome.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:17 AM   #2
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It does seem to be Rommel's handwriting. It is addressed to his mother (Frau Rektor Rommel) in Stuttgart. The top line is Eilpostbrief = express mail. I can'rt decipher the street address but the return address, written vertically at the right side, appears to read "Romel Hptm. Gen. Kd?? 64." It was posted in Danzig on November 30, 1918 and arrived in Stuttgart post office on Dec 3, 1918. The line over the M in the return address is a written abbreviation for double M. It was used here due to the lack of space.

Rommel's father was a school rector and hence his mother would have been formally addressed as "Frau Rektor" as is seen on the envelope.

At this time Rommel was a captain and Aide-de-camp to General von Urach in the general command of the 64th Corps (Generalkommando 64 on the return address) and would , later in December 1918, be reassigned back to a Wurttemberg Infantry Regiment.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindaugas_II_of_Lithuania

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Old 10-09-2011, 11:07 AM   #3
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It is addressed to Frau Rektor Rommel I think.
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Overall this is a nice early piece of Rommel history. It may not be as valuable as a later, wartime signature but it's a great document of his early career.
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Just revisiting old threads I began and forgot about this one. Thanks for the comments. This envelope has special meaning to me because Manfred Rommel sent it to me about a year before his death. We had corresponded a few times and he wanted me to add this to my collection. He even apologized that the letter that was originally inside of it wasn't there. A true gentleman!!
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