SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Fritz Witt who commanded the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend in Normandy is seen here with his German Shepard. Witt was a charismatic leader who had the deep respect of his men. Jovial in nature he was very often photographed in good spirits even when the chips were down. Even veterans who had served with him in Russia were said to have wept upon hearing the news of his death in his Normandy Bunker.
bag-of-dirt: A German Schutzstaffel officer of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich beckons to his men to advance during the Second Battle of Kiev near the outskirts of Zhytomyr. Near Zhytomyr, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine, Soviet Union. December 1943.
Otto Meyer (1912–1944) was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS, who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.Meyer, an early SS volunteer, fought on the Eastern Front where he was given command of the 9th SS Panzer Regiment in Jan 1944. In June 1944 his division served in Normandy where Meyer distinguished both himself and his regiment by destroying over 300 allied tanks. He was killed crossing the River Seine on 28 August 1944.