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Rommel Museum Egypt dedicated to the memory of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in Mersa Matruh. The German general Rommel, popularly known as the “desert fox”. In fact, he chose an extensive cave in the cliffs overlooking the harbor as his headquarters in Marsa Matrouh. It was during World War II. The cave in fact transformed into a small museum honoring Rommel. His personal effects, donated by his son Manfred, make this place worth a visit. The general’s full length leather coat, his compass and his marked up maps are all on display. Moreover, this cave originally cut in the Roman era and used to store grains. In fact, it is due to its ideal position on the Paraetonium ancient seaport.
In fact, the museum is famous for the British, Italian and German Cemeteries. Moreover, the museum contains several possessions of the German commander. In fact, it is like his compass, overcoat, photographs, maps and clothes trunk. Rommel’s son dedicated many of the museum contents. The Egyptian supreme council for antiquities agreed with the chairmanship of Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni on specifying $5 million for this museum. In fact, it is an important site in World War II history as it taken by the famous German leader to run military operations.
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The artifacts related to Rommel include personal belongings, like his tools, wireless, a phone device and a group of maps that carry his signature. Hosni said that Rommel’s family agreed to the Egyptian plan for developing this museum. In fact, it is with a promise of developing the museum through providing some of personal belongings of Rommel. It is in addition to a group of rare photos as well as cinema shots about his life and World War II.
It opened in 1977 on the initiative of the Egyptian government. In fact, it was with support of the West German government. Rommel’s son Manfred Rommel, then the Lord Mayor of Stuttgart, was guest of honor at the opening. In fact, they donated several of Rommel’s belongings to the museum. The museum reopened in 2017 after several years of restoration work on the caves. An island, a beach and a bridge near the museum are also named for Rommel. There are also a Rommel Café and a Rommel Hotel at the area. The museum located 3 km east of Marsa Matrouh’s town center, at the northern tip of the harbor’s bay.