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Erwin Rommel Prewar Map Case????

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    Could this be Rommel's prewar map case, or did it belong to any of the other officers in the family? Got this from Germany and did not see that Rommel was written inside before I opened it today. Is there any connection with the family Rommel and the unit stamped inside?

    Thanks for the help!
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    You would need some very concrete provenance to prove that the name was not added to enhance value. Frankly, I see no reason a German Field Marshall would have to write his name on a map case. The item is also stamped to Jaeger Regt. 90. I my opinion the name is added.


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    Not even close to Rommel's signature, but one can dream


    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    10./J.R. 90 means 10. Kompanie of Infanterieregiment 90, 10th company of the 90th Infantry Regiment.

    You can find it here :

    Infanterieregiment 90 - Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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    Definitely not from the possession of Erwin Rommel.

    The likelihood that a previously-unattributed and -undocumented piece of personal military equipment from such a famous, high-profile, high-ranking personality as Rommel should suddenly come out of the woodwork is so close to zero as to almost rule it out completely on the grounds of common sense alone.

    Even if we allow for the 0.00001% chance that it might be the case and take a closer look at the markings, these, too, rule it out:
    The case is marked for the 10th Company of Infanterie-Regiment 90. Rommel never served with that regiment, which was raised in 1937. (Also, Rommel had risen beyond the company-grade officer ranks by 1932.)

    Either the name is for some relative, or a wholly unrelated man who just happened to have the same surname, or simply a post-war addition.

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    Thanks for all the feedback! Hehe, people win the lottary every day, even if it's one in a milion...
    It is highly unlikely, but it's still a possibility... The father, son or other family might have used this at some point - who knows... When one marks equipment the name is written clearly and not as an autograph at least... The item was purchased in Weißenburg, Germany for the reasonable price of 60-70 Euro`s and seller said nothing or hinted at the name, I was not aware that the name was there before I got it home. So it was certainly not written to make up the price or to create a good seller.... I dont know what two think, and I have to base the outcome on the facts - which will be hard to find...

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    Still a nice conditioned case..and not a total loss...just add the letter "T" in front of Rommel..and it becomes " Trommel "...everyone loves a drummer
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    Quote by oksnevad_2 View Post
    ... The father, son or other family might have used this at some point - who knows...
    His son was a child and his father long since deceased (1913).

    I think his brother Gerhard was in the Luftwaffe and his other brother was a WW1 pilot and was a civilian during WW2 (could be wrong on these facts though
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    In any case, "Rommel" was not a unique name. One could even find "Hitler"s in the ranks. In this instance, the name looks to have been written in with a green ink ballpoint, which I somehow don't imagine was being used in the era...

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