SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Witt and SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Wünsche of German 12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' at the Ardenne Abbey, Caen, France, Jun 1944

Caption   SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Witt and SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Wünsche of German 12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' at the Ardenne Abbey, Caen, France, Jun 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 146-1984-031-19A
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Photos on Same Day 20 Jun 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 12 Jan 2010
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1. Ian says:
26 Aug 2010 05:13:45 AM

Fritz Witt in this picture is actually a Brigadefuhrer.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Sep 2011 07:59:58 PM



Ian is right about the rank. Brigadefuhrer
rank was at first two oak leaves and a silver pip. In 1942, it was changed to three oak leaves and was the equivalent to a US
Brigader General.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Sep 2011 07:55:13 PM

Lassen Sie sich nicht uberrumpelm!
Don't get caught off guard/taken by surprise!
4. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 May 2012 08:25:36 PM

In 1942 the German Army started to use a new system of rank with camouflage uniforms.
The SS used the same system as the army, for its camouflage sleeve rank starting in 1943.

Looks like the officer is wearing the M43
Italian camo splinter pattern jacket.

The other officer is wearing the M36 uniform with dark green collar it was popular with both officers and enlisted men, but was phased out for the M40 both uniforms were in field gray. The officer behind is wearing a double breasted leather overcoat, his rank is unknown.

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