|SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Witt|
Fritz Witt assumed his last command in the summer of 1943, when he was chosen to organize, train and lead SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Hitlerjugend. At the age of thirty-five years old, he was one of the youngest German divisional commanders. On June 6 1944, the Allied invasion of France began and SS-Standartenführer Fritz Witt led his new division of old veterans and teenage soldiers into combat for the first time. Led by its aggressive commanders, such as Kurt Meyer and Max Wünsche, the division fought extremely well and bloodied several Allied divisions during the Normandy fighting. Witt was killed when allied naval bombardment targeted his divisional headquarters on June 14 1944. His youthful SS-Panzergrenadiers grieved openly when they found out about his death, many in tears at the loss of their beloved and highly esteemed commander. Image: SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Fritz Witt 1944. Commons: Bundesarchiv.