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Question Help - Rommel's Aide/Adjutant

Looking for the full name of Rommel's aide/adjutant in the 7th Panzer Division and later in North Africa until he was killed. Rommel's papers, biographies, and other narratives on Rommel only refer to a "Captain/Major Schraepler".

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Looking for the full name of Rommel's aide/adjutant in the 7th Panzer Division and later in North Africa until he was killed. Rommel's papers, biographies, and other narratives on Rommel only refer to a "Captain/Major Schraepler".

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I've got a book at home called 'With Rommel in the Desert' by a different bloke in which Schraepler is mentioned, IIRC. I'll have a look later this week.
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I've got a book at home called 'With Rommel in the Desert' by a different bloke in which Schraepler is mentioned, IIRC. I'll have a look later this week.
Great, I appreciate the look. Since the adjutant went on to get himself run over in the desert, history has not worried about his first name. I just went through some German works which did extensive interviews of veterans from "Unit Tradition Club" rosters, and they did not come up with a first name.
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My grandfather had a chauffeur, whom I only know his first name, ADAM. He was a private valet for Rommel during WWII. He told me Rommel had four private aides; a chauffeur, a pilot, a valet and a secretary. Adam's job as a valet was to gather all of his personal effects (i.e. clothes, papers, maps, etc) and move them whenever the General moved his location. He said Rommel was a soldier's general and refused to eat special food because he wanted to eat whatever his soldiers ate because he wanted to know their morale and what they might be capable of handling. He said Rommel fought for Germany's pride, and that Rommel did not support the hatred and killing of Jews. After Rommel's suicide ADAM was sent to the Russian front. He was captured by the Russians and told to stand out in an open field for three days with other captured soldiers. Then he was told the war is over and go home. He immediately headed for the USA army and eventually to America where my grandfather hired him.
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I've got a book at home called 'With Rommel in the Desert' by a different bloke in which Schraepler is mentioned, IIRC. I'll have a look later this week.
And 5 years later we anxiously await word. Must've been a long weekend.
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