I have been studying military history with an emphasis on WWII for decades now. Something I just came across that I never knew: Rommel was convinced that the war was lost, and that the worst thing that could happen was the occupation of Germany by Soviet forces. He was prepared to either surrender his forces to the western Allies or agree to an armistice and move his troops out of the way (presumably to the eastern front,) with the hopes that Germany could concentrate on the eastern front and hold the Soviet forces. How deeply Rommel was involved in the plot to get rid of Hitler may remain a mystery, but I believe he was at least in favour of it. Around July 10-12 he sounded out many of his subordinate generals as to whether they would follow his commands if those commands were somewhat unorthodox, and apparently they all would. He had sent an "ultimatum" to Hitler and was just waiting for the response when he was shot up by an air attack. If he had not been wounded, the war might have taken a different turn. If he had surrendered his forces, I can imagine the western Allies making a dash for the German border, and perhaps being delayed only by scratch forces raised by Hitler and the OKW. Would the leaders of the western nations have allowed Rommel to move his forces unhindered to Poland? If they did, it is pretty well guaranteed that such a move would have required some sort of political move against Hitler, who never would have permitted the armistice or the troop movements. If the western Allies had occupied Germany by the end of 1944, what would Stalin and the Stavka have done? Would they have recognized the fait accomplie and given up, or were they bent on revenge and as much territory as they could get?