World: Sick or Sacked?

A member of Wendell Willkie's party (who preferred not to be named) told the story in Ankara. He got it from British officers in Cairo. They got it from captured German troops. The story: dour, boot-tough Marshal Erwin Rommel was ill, had returned to Germany already, or was waiting to be relieved of his command. An Italian report put Rommel in the Stuttgart Tropical Disease Clinic, sick abed with malaria.

British officials in Cairo pooh-poohed the story as a German gag to explain the failure of Rommel's drive.


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