|INSTAHLGEWITTERN-IN THE STORM OF STEEL||
Given the urban feel of these photographs, it may be that they were taken in Rouen on or about June 10, 1940, for that was the date on which the units under Rommel's command entered that city. Rommel was advancing at considerable speed on that day, and it was consequently necessary for him and his staff to have a clear grasp of the surrounding territory and its road net. Hence, the preoccupation of the General and his officers with maps.
The remaining photographs in this sequence were taken in St. Valery on or about June 11, 1940. In that place and on that day Rommel took the surrender of the entire French 9th Army Corps, including its commander, French General Ihler. Among those captured were the troops of the British 51st Highland Division, whose commander, Major General C.V. Fortune, appears in the next three photographs. The General and his men had unsuccessfully attempted to avoid capture and make their way to England on Royal Navy ships, a circumstance which understandably left the General in a rather foul mood. The General's temperament, which which can be seen in these photographs, is not surprising.
General Fortune's left shoulder can just be seen at the right edge of the following photograph, behind the German officer's back.