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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

Credited with a final total of 138 tanks and 132 AT guns destroyed.

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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 (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 13.(schwere) / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
January 14th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Action:
Wittmann's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"SS-Hstuf. Pfeiffer, Führer headquarters, with request for delivery to SS-Obergruppenführer Dietrich, subject:
Awarding of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to SS-Untersturmführer Wittmann, Michael, Zugführer in 13.(s)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 LSSAH on 8 and 9/1/1944 for outstanding bravery during penetration by Russian Tank Brigade near Sherepki (see daily report). 56 tanks destroyed himself as platoon commander from July 1943 to 7/1/1944, several KV-1, KV-2, Shermans, the rest T-34s.
On 8/1/1944, following penetration by Russian Tank Brigade, stopped attack with his platoon and himself destroyed 3 T-34s and 1 assault gun. Another 6 T-34s during another armoured were also destroyed; thus 10 by him alone. Now 66 tanks destroyed. Personal info SS Untersturmführer Wittmann, Michael, position: SS Officer, unmarried. Born 22/4/14 in Vogelthal, Upper Pfalz. Father: Johann Wittmann, Ingolstadt, Danube, Baselstr. 34 Decorations: EK I, EK II, Wound Badge Black, Tank Battle Badge Silver.
Signed Wisch, SS Oberführer and Division Commander of the 1st SS-Panzer-Division LSSAH."
Details:
2571st Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Untersturmführer (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 13.(schwere) / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded the Oakleaves after raising his total of destroyed tanks to 114. He was particularly successful on two days in early 1944...
13.01.1944, where he destroyed 19 T-34s and 3 heavy assault guns and thus raised his total to 88 tanks destroyed.
06.02.1944, where as part of the relief efforts towards Cherkassy he destroyed 9 tanks.
Details:
380st Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 2. / schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 501 / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Awarded after his famous rampage in Villers-Bocage, where he destroyed 13-14 tanks, 2 AT guns and 13-15 other vehicles. By his actions this day he played a decisive role in halting the advance of the 7. Armoured Division.
Details:
71st Award.

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  • Photo 2: Jeroen Koppes
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