|Kurt Meyer aka Panzermeyer|
ϟϟ-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Meyer
Kurt Adolf Wilhelm Meyer was born in Jerxheim, Germany on December 23 1910. He was the son of an Army veteran of World War I who eventually died of complications resulting from wounds he received during the war. At the age of nineteen, Kurt Meyer became a member of the Landespolizei in 1929, serving as a police officer until 1934. He received the nickname Panzermeyer for an exploit which did not take place during World War II and had nothing to do with the military. In 1929, when Meyer began training at the Police Academy at Schwerin, he tried to play a prank on a fellow policeman, planning to dump a pail of water on the man as he passed by a building. Unfortunately, Meyer accidentally slipped from the roof of the building and fell nearly three stories, landing on his feet. He suffered more than twenty fractures and was not expected to live. In spite of his injures, he amazingly recovered, although almost losing a leg. Out of admiration for his physical toughness, his respectful fellow policemen began calling him Panzermeyer. Meyer joined the Nazi Party in 1930 and was accepted in the SS on October 15 1931. The fiery Meyer flourished under Sepp Dietrich´s command. He showed aggressiveness and understanding of the proper employment of mobile units and won the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his leadership and accomplishments during the Greek campaign. For more information on the military career and wartime of Kurt Meyer published within the Stabswache de Euros - use the search function on this site. The fighting against Canadian troops during the days after D-Day in Normandy 1944 was bitter and marked by brutalities on both sides. Meyer was placed on trial for the death of a number of Canadian prisoners near his divisional headquarters, convicted and sentenced to death by a Canadian Army court. The sentence was subsequently changed to life imprisonment after being evaluated by a Canadian court of inquiry. He was finally released on September 6 1954. After his release, Meyer said: A United Europe is now the only answer. He became very active in HIAG, the organization for former members of the Waffen-SS and his excellent memoirs Grenadiere were published. Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords holder SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Kurt Meyer died of a heart attack while celebrating his fiftieth birthday in Hagen, Westfalen on December 23 1961. Widely admired by men who served with him, as well as other SS veterans, his funeral was attended by over 15,000 former Waffen-SS soldiers. A cushion-bearer bore his medals. Image: Kurt Meyer, here as SS-Sturmbannführer and commander of Aufklärungs-Abteilung Leibstandarte SS in May 1941. Commons: Bundesarchiv.
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