Erwin Rommel was a German general during World War II. Despite being one of the Axis powers' best military minds, he was praised for his skills by leadership in the Allied powers. He apparently (but this is disputed) had a some type of role in the failed 20 July plot (which was an internal struggle) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. It is believed that when Hitler found out, he gave the extremely popular Rommel the choice to face trial and lose everything or commit suicide to preserve his honor and protect his family. He chose the latter and was given a state funeral and an official day of mourning. The German public was initially told he died of a cerebral embolism.