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Monty Riding ‘Rommel’ at Ostenwalde Schloss, Signed, 1945
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Monty Riding ‘Rommel’ at Ostenwalde Schloss, Signed, 1945

Measurements: Overall: 36cm (14in) x 28.5cm (11in)

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An autograph signed photograph as published in the 18th August 1945 edition of the Illustrated London News showing the C-in-C of the British Army of the Rhine riding Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel’s captured charger. Inscribed in ink centre left in the Field Marshal’s hand ‘Montgomery of Alamein / F.M.’ Framed and glazed.

The Desert Fox’s Arab stallion was captured by British troops at a remount depot in Schleswig-Holstein. Records revealed the horse had been transported to North Africa for Rommel to ride at the  head of the Afrika Korps upon its victorious entry into Cairo. When Hitler’s onetime favourite battlefield commander was thwarted in that possibility the charger was shipped back to Germany.

Both marshals were equally useful horsemen, and, characteristically, Montgomery relished owning his old adversary’s mount, renaming it ‘Rommel’. The charger was kept at Ostenwalde Schloss, the estate Montgomery commandered from the von Fincke family to serve as his headquarters in April 1945. However it was not the only ‘Rommel’ in Monty’s possession. Some months earlier, A.P Herbert noted during a visit to Monty’s TAC HQ that his menagerie already included a King Charles spaniel called ‘Rommel’, a Jack Russell called ‘Hitler’, another dog of unspecified breed called ‘Keitel’.
 

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