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Today in World War II History—Dec. 12, 1943

Field Marshal Rommel and Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Rupprecht inspecting artillery position, Dunkirk, France, 22 Dec 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-295-1599-08A)

Field Marshal Rommel and Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Rupprecht inspecting artillery position, Dunkirk, France, 22 Dec 1943 (German Federal Archive: Bild 101I-295-1599-08A)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 12, 1943: Field Marshal Erwin Rommel named commander of German Army Group B in France.

German film Titanic is released, which blames the disaster on British greed, the most expensive German film yet made.

3 Responses to “Today in World War II History—Dec. 12, 1943”

  1. Ryana Lynn

    I didn’t know the Germans made a movie about the Titanic! Although I wouldn’t say the disaster was fully based on British greed, I’d say they were partially right. My dad preaches about the Titanic, so it’s a well researched topic in our house. If they hadn’t been so obsessed with fame, they might have slowed down, made sure they had enough lifeboats, etc.

    You know, Germany may have been bitter over the fact that the Titanic refused to stop and help a German freighter called The Duetschland. They had sent out a distress signal, I think it was rudder trouble. Anyway, the Titanic ignored them. I don’t think it was because they were German though. They were trying to set a speed record.

    • Sarah Sundin

      Of course the “greed” spin was a load of wartime anti-British propaganda 🙂 How interesting about the Titanic and the freighter. That would indeed lead to resentment.