Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Grenadiers - The Story of Waffen SS Gernal Kurt Panzer Meyer

I often fought alongside Waffen-SS formations as an armor commander; I found I could rely on them. The 12. SS-Panzer Division "Hitleijugend" mentioned in the second part of the book was under my operational control during five hard weeks on the Normandy invasion front. Its commander was the author of this book, Kurt Meyer, Generalmajor der Waffen-SS. At the end of the war we spent several months together in a camp at Enfield in England. In December 1945 I was flown to Kurt Meyer's Canadian court-martial at Aurich. I was the sole German soldier allowed to be a witness in his defense. Some of his comrades and I were also given the opportunity to be with him for a short period of time after he had been sentenced to death. After his sentence had been commuted to life imprisonment, I got in touch with him and his wife as soon as possible. We remained friends until his far too premature death. As a result, I knew Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Kurt Meyer and his 12. SS-Panzer-Division "Hitleijugend" rather well. I knew them in good times and, even more, in the bad ones.