Erwin Rommel. Soldiers captured during his Africa campaign were reported to have been treated humanely. Orders to kill Jewish soldiers, civilians & captured commandos were ignored. Rommel was linked to the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. Hitler forced Rommel to commit suicide with a cyanide pill, in return for assurances that Rommel's family would not be persecuted. He was given a state funeral, & his death was said to be a heart attack, following a car crash.
HMS Howe, 14 in King George V class battleship, built to Washington Treaty limits. Sisters HMS Prince of Wales (participant in the Bismarck saga and sunk by the Japanese in and HMS Duke of York (victor over the German battleship Scharnhorst in
KSM Bismarck - Corazzata - Dislocamento a vuoto: 41.700 t (di cui il 40% dedicato alle corazze) a pieno carico: 50.900 t Lunghezza sulla linea di galleggiamento: 241 m complessivo: 251 m Larghezza 36 m Pescaggio standard: 8,7 m a pieno carico: 10,2 m Propulsione 3 caldaie a coppie modello Wagner, 3 assi d'elica (140.000 HP di progetto, 150.170 HP effettivi) Velocità 30.5 nodi Autonomia 17.200 km a 16 nodi Equipaggio 2.100 (103 ufficiali)
Yamato (大和?), named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, was the lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. On 7 April 1945 she was sunk by American carrier-based bombers and torpedo bombers with the loss of most of her crew.