Category Archives: West Front 1944

The Westwall

Waffen-SS at attention in the Siegfried line. Source LIFE Magazine. Advertisements

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SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor Fritz Witt

SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Witt (25.05.1908 – 14.06.1944), commander of 12 SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend receives a model of an 8-wheel armoured scout car. The model was a birthday present by the division’s reconaisance battalion to their divisional commander’s 36th birthday on May 25, … Continue reading

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12 SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend

Front line combat troops of 12th SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend in Normandy 1944. These young SS-Panzergrenadiers of the HJ Division inflicted devastating losses on the British and Canadian forces, the training which Franz Witt had developed maintaining his unit’s morale and fighting ability.

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12 SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend

Young grenadier of 12th SS-Panzerdivision “Hitlerjugend” in Normandy, summer 1944. The majority of the Grenadiers were born as late as in 1926. Source Bundesarchiv.

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SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25

At Ardenne Abbey, Normandy, regimental command post of the 25th SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment (12 SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend), late June 1944. On the left regimental commander SS-Obersturmbannführer Heinz Milius, in the center SS-Obersturmbannführer Hubert Meyer, the HJ-Division’s first staff officer, behind them the SS war … Continue reading

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Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden (Waffen-SS)

Men of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 erect temporary grave crosses for the dead along the walls of Ardenne Abbey during the first days of the Normandy Invasion. Those who fell were generally buried first at site in the blood-drenched soil of Normandy. … Continue reading

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12 SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend

The sky was open and the English and Americans had complete supremacy in the air over Normandy in 1944. This attempt to shoot down aircraft with an MG 42 could scarcely have been successful against the armoured fighter-bombers. Source panzer-archiv.

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