of World War II
. He won the respect of both his own troops and the enemies he fought.
He was a highly decorated officer in World War I
, and was awarded the Pour le Mérite
for his exploits on the Italian front
. In World War II, he further distinguished himself as the commander of the 7th Panzer Division during the 1940 invasion of France
In a man to man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.
Courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.
In view of my services in Africa, I have the chance of dying by poison. Two generals have brought it with them. It is fatal in three seconds. If I take the poison, none of the usual steps will be taken against my family; that is, against you. They will also leave my staff alone.
Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.
The German soldier has impressed the world, however the Italian Bersagliere soldier has impressed the German soldier.
[speaking about Italians] Good soldiers, bad officers; however don't forget that without them we would not have any Civilization.