1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 1, 2021 4:04 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking plan to assassinate Erwin Rommel called "Operation The Doctor Project"

    Stephen Wynn Wayfarer

      Has anyone heard of a plan to assassinate Erwin Rommel with the codename of "The Doctor Project" in March 1943. The plan to assassinate him, and which was to be carried out by four agents of the Special Operations Executive, was not approved as it was deemed to be "so inadequate that to base a plan upon it would merely be the murder of the four agents."

        • Re: Seeking plan to assassinate Erwin Rommel called "Operation The Doctor Project"
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Wynn,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located numerous records related to Erwin Rommel that may be of interest to you. Many of these records are part of the so-called Captured German Records in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242). Some of these records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog, but most have not been digitized. You may contact the National Archives reference unit listed in each Catalog description for assistance with those particular records.


          Examples include the series Interrogation Reports and Other Records in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) and the series General Correspondence in the Records of U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 260), which both contain information about Rommel’s death. You may contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov with any questions you might have about these non-digitized records.


          RDT2 might also be able to direct you to records related to military intelligence, records from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), or similar records that may contain some relevant information. The series Articles from "Studies in Intelligence", 1955 - 1992 in the Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (Record Group 263), for instance, contains 23 references to Rommel, and the series Second Release of Name Files Under the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Acts in Record Group 263 includes 23 additional references to Rommel. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online in the Catalog.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 or other reference unit. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!


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