ϟϟ-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Witt

SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Witt
In 1931, Fritz Witt (May 25 1908 – June 14 1944) joined the SS and was one of the original 120 men picked for the special SS guard unit, known as the Stabswache “Berlin“. This unit was the nucleus of the later SS Division Leibstandarte SS. In January 1935, Witt was appointed company commander in the SS-Standarte Deutschland, a unit that later became part of the Waffen-SS Division Das Reich. He was then transferred to the Leibstandarte SS on October 16 1940 as battalion commander. 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 at Venoix. He was initially buried at Venoix and later reinterred at Champigny-Saint-André-de-l'Eure, France. 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: Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves holder SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Fritz Witt in 1944. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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