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Wittmann, Michael

Date of birth:
April 22nd, 1914 (Vogelthal-Upper Palatinate/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
August 8th, 1944 (Gaumesnil/near Cintheaux/Normandy, France)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery La Cambe
Plot: 47. Row: 3. Grave: 120.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmmann (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
17. / Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler"
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmmann (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
17. / Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler"
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschützabteilung / SS-Division "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschützabteilung / SS-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschützabteilung / SS-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
September 8th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschützabteilung / SS-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
November 21st, 1941
Action:
After 25 "victims"
Details:
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschützabteilung / SS-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
August 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschützabteilung / SS-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
August 1942
Cross to the Order for Bravery 2nd Class
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 13th, 1944
Action:
SS-Untersturmführer Wittmann in a SS-Panzerdivision on January 9 destroyed his 66th enemy tank with his "Tiger"-tank on the eastern front.
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Untersturmführer (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 13.(schwere) / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
January 14th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Details:
2571st Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Untersturmführer (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 13.(schwere) / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1944
Details:
380st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmfuhrer (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 2. / schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 501 / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1944
Details:
71st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern

Sources

  • Photo 2: Jeroen Koppes
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer (portrait)
    - Tessa de Jong (grave)
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    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Federl, C., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Panzerdivisionen 1939-1945, VDM Heinz Nickel, Zweibrücken, Germany, 2000
    - Agte, P., Michael Wittmann and the Tiger Commanders of the Leibstandarte, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc., Winnipeg, Canada, 2005
    - Levèvre, E., Panzers in Normandy - Then and Now, After the Battle 1983, Battle of Britain International Limited, London, England, 2002
    - Butler, R., SS-Leibstandarte – The History of the First SS Division 1933-45, MBI Publishing Company, St. Paul, U.S.A., 2001
    - Helden der Wehrmacht, Sammelband (Miscellany), FZ-Verlag GmbH, München, Deutschland, 2000
    - Berger, F., Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern – Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges, Selbstverlag Florian Berger, Wien, Österreich, 2002/03
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