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I'm looking for the original German version of Erwin Rommel's letter to his wife Lucie Rommel from November 16, 1942. You can find the English translation on page 354 of "The Rommel Papers". The English translation starts like this:

Dearest Lu, Another good step back. To cap it all it's now raining, which makes it all the more difficult to move. Shortage of petrol! It's enough to make one weep. Let's hope the British are having equally bad weather...

I want to find these two sentences in Rommel's original words: "Shortage of petrol! It's enough to make one weep." Google translate comes up with:

Mangel an Benzin! Es ist genug, um einen zum Weinen bringen.

My German is OK, and the above seems like a pretty good translation to me, but does anyone have the original?

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Welcome to History.stackexchange.com. If you were to add a bit of explanation on why this piece of trivia is of interest to you, other members here would be more likely to acquire interest in the question. – Pieter Geerkens Nov 30 '13 at 20:11
@SamuelRussell No, that's referring to questions like "what are some good books on WW1?". This question is fine as is. – American Luke Nov 30 '13 at 21:28
@PieterGeerkens I am giving a public lecture on Monday about the worldwide primary energy supply. I'm using the quote as evidence of the importance of oil in war. The book was first published in 1953; the editor and translator worked directly with Rommel's son Manfred, who had collected and organized the papers. So there were no archives consulted, per se. From what I've seen there's no note in the book indicating what was done with the originals after the book was written. – Douglas B. Staple Dec 1 '13 at 2:13
You could try contacting someone at the State Library of Wurttemberg in Stuttgart: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%BCrttembergische_Landesbibliothek. Rommel was born nearby at Heidenheim, and his son was Lord Mayor of Stuttgart for many years (1974-1996!). The library is also part of the University of Stuttgart library system, if you have any contacts there who could look something up for you on a Sunday. – Pieter Geerkens Dec 1 '13 at 19:58
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a resource request. – Samuel Russell May 12 '15 at 1:35

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