World War II German Army Field Marshal. Known to the Allied Forces as 'The Desert Fox' for his brilliant desert battle tactics, after the failed 1944 assassination plot in the map room at one of German Reich Chancellor Adolph Hitler's bunkers, Hitler alleged that many of his military leaders were conspirators in the plot and had them executed. Hitler also suspected Field Marshal Rommel as a conspirator, and sent a car to Rommel's home to pick him up and have him shot. On the way to his execution, Rommel was presented with two opportunities: 1. poison yourself in the car - and you get a state-funeral, or 2. you get a "show-process" in the Volksgerichtshof and all your merits will disappear. Rommel cheated the firing squad and swallowed a poison capsule. It was never proven as to whether or not Rommel actually was a conspirator.