12th SS Panzer Division ‘Hitlerjugend’ officers (L to R):…

12th SS Panzer Division ‘Hitlerjugend’ officers (L to R): SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Wünsche, SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Witt and SS-Sturmbannführer Kurt Meyer near Caen, France during the first week of the Normandy Campaign. All three were Knight’s Cross recipients (Wünsche & Witt with Oak Leaves, Meyer with Oak Leaves & Swords). Wünsche would survive the war and died in Germany in 1995, Witt was killed in action possibly within days of this photo being taken when his HQ was taken under fire by a Royal Navy barrage, Meyer survived the war and was sentenced to death for war crimes but this sentence was eventually commuted and he died of a heart attack in Westphalia in 1961.

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