The pivotal and terrifying battle for Normandy’s beaches lay only hours ahead. To the west, a flak battery and 15 tanks, together with the 1st Battalion, 26th SS Panzergrenadier Regiment, held the important Carpiquet airfield. But one of them instantly draws his pistol and hits one of our men. British POWs captured by the Hitlerjugend, 21 June 1944 (possibly 46th Commando). Only 3 percent were over 25, and almost all of these older soldiers were officers and noncoms. SS-Panzerdivision "Das Reich") was one of 38 divisions of the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II. Such fanaticism could not always make up for the tactical shortcomings in their senior officers’ leadership. ‘Caen is a sea of flame,’ he noted as he negotiated blazing trucks at the roadside to rejoin his regiment. British troops had moved up on either side of the positions now firmly held by the troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and had also established a firm line from which they could develop future operations. [9], The division was to have little respite though, and on 19 July were under attack by Anglo-Canadian forces Operation Goodwood. The division itself did not suffer unduly. Despite all that had gone before, the next group of boys to be collected under the Hitler Youth banner showed no less idealism than their predecessors. Divisional HQ. The Commonwealth soldiers managed to capture Hill 112 the next day. According to Meyer, the 12th SS Panzer Division returned three times the level of prisoners as other divisions. Those who had survived the maelstrom were now hardened veterans. The Division's advance to Normandy and the British/Canadian landing beaches of Sword and Juno was severely hampered by the incessant allied fighter-bomber attacks, the losses to Allied aircraft were not heavy, but the delays caused by wrecked vehicles were enough to destroy the Division's timetable. In the confusion of the withdrawal, the division was unable to undertake a rescue attempt. Late in the month, Hubert Meyer was replaced by SS-Obersturmbannführer Hugo Kraas, and the division was attached to SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich's 6th SS Panzer Army, which was forming up for Operation Wacht am Rhein (the Second Battle of the Ardennes, popularly known as the Battle of the Bulge), a large-scale offensive to recapture Antwerp, halt the Allied advance, and split the Anglo-American alliance. SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend by Arvo L. 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To provide a skilled backbone for the division, veterans from the 1st SS Panzer Division LSSAH were assigned to the Hitlerjugend division and provided all the regimental, battalion and most of the company commanders. However, the primary difference between the 12th SS and other German formations lay in the singular spirit of self-sacrifice these youngsters espoused in the name of Adolf Hitler and National Socialism. On 8 August the Canadian First Army launched Operation Totalize, a night attack without a preliminary artillery barrage. After the failure of Frühlingserwachen, Hitler lost faith in the Waffen-SS and ordered that the honorary cuffbands issued to the divisions involved in the attack be returned. [20], The 12th SS was now deployed in detachments north and west of Caen, and like the rest of the German Army, was suffering from shortages of ammunition, fuel and equipment. Under almost continuous artillery and air attack, the 12th SS were forced to withdraw when the 2nd Canadian Division broke through on their western flank.[9]. The attack by the 12th SS had caught the Canadians by surprise, and their infantry were forced to fall back to Authie with Meyer's 3rd Battalion in pursuit. ‘We could foresee what lay ahead,’ recalled one older veteran. Margolian 1998, p. 97; identifies them as Private Evan Hayton and Private William Henry Barlow, both of the Durham Light Infantry, both killed on 8 June 1944. Grenades are scattered all over the road and in the porches of houses. While progressing slowly he heard many words of encouragement shouted to the tank crews. Between August 14 and 16, the 500 or so Panzergrenadiers and 15 tanks remaining defended Hill 159 to the northeast of Falaise against the 3rd Canadian Division. Watching the Canadian advance unfold from the tower of Ardenne Abbey, he could see an opportunity opening in front of him. Nevertheless, Meyer ordered his tanks to resume the attack. Also on 7 June the bodies of men, from the 21st Panzer Division and staff from 12th SS, were found shot in the head near Rots, which may have been a factor in the execution of the prisoners. ‘The lead enemy tanks began smoking, and I saw how the crews bailed out. Once the lead Canadian tanks reached the ridge south of Franqueville, they spotted one of the panzer companies waiting in ambush (they had allowed the tanks to move forward without firing a shot). As soon as the attack began, the 12th SS was recalled to help prevent a breakthrough. A letter found on the body of a young grenadier killed in the fighting expressed the attitude of many of the division’s young men: ‘I write during one of the momentous hours before we attack, full of excitement and expectation of what the next days will bring….Some believe in living but life is not everything! ‘It cracked and flashed around Franqueville,’ recalled a German soldier. A series of local and largely inconsequential attacks was mounted by both sides. It was difficult to get them back on the leash again. When the Allies landed in Normandy on 6 June 1944, the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitler Youth was ordered to the front. Organized in Antwerp, Belgium, in July 1943, the 12th SS Hitlerjugend Division, of which the 25th was part, had been formed around a cadre of veterans from the 1st SS Panzer Division, the army and the Luftwaffe. It had only 65 tanks out of an original 150 and had suffered 60 percent casualties. On August 22, Army Group B reported that the 12th SS Panzer Division consisted of 10 tanks, 300 men and no artillery. But first, Meyer’s 25th Regiment, which was located with the rest of the division to the west of Paris and south of Rouen, had to reach the battlefield. It had also lost 94% of its armour and almost all of its artillery. Berger nominated himself as the divisional commander, but Himmler instead chose 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) veteran, SS-Oberführer Fritz Witt. The commander of the assault, General Paul Hasser, explained that ‘the murderous fire from naval guns in the channel and the terrible British artillery destroyed the bulk of our attacking force in the assembly area.’ Those tanks that did get forward were easy prey to infantry anti-tank weapons, which could pick them off at short range. 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg. The 3d Parachute Division, carrying the left wing of the I SS Panzer Corps forward, had followed the retreating cavalry through Manderfeld, swung north, and by dusk had troops in Lanzerath-only two kilometers from the 3d Battalion, 394th, position at Buchholz. At the beginning of June 1944 the division was declared ready for combat operations. A combat group under the commander of the SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 25, SS-Standartenführer Kurt Meyer, including a battalion with PzKpfw IV, drove the 27th Canadian Armoured Brigade away from the Caen-Carpiquet airfield. [29] In total during the offensive the division had lost 9,870 men which included 328 officers and 1,698 NCO's. Its training was not as thorough as in regular formations. Hans Fenn’s tank was one of those hit: ‘The shell tore off the tank commander’s leg–SS Scharführer [Sergeant] Esser–but I heard he got out of the turret later,’ Fenn recalled. [13], The attack by the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend was supposed to have been supported by the 21st Panzer Division but they could not disengage from fighting the British 3rd Infantry Division and were still at Couvre,[14] as a result the right flank was open and being probed by Canadian tanks, which were destroyed by the anti-tank platoon of the 1st Battalion. The 12th SS eventually withdrew into Austria; on 8 May 1945, the surviving 10,000 men surrendered to the US Army at Enns. Kompanie – 7. The 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, together with the 21st Panzer Division, were the only German armored divisions deployed in the characteristic Normandy countryside, called Bocage, during D-Day and therefore the first german armored formations that entered combat against the Allies as of June 6, 1944.. [10] World War II Armed Forces — Orders of Battle and Organizations Last Updated 01.07.2011 . With his attack now slowing down, Meyer was horrified to discover that the 21st Panzer Division had not yet been able to advance, and his right flank was open and being menaced by Allied tanks. [25], The units in the Division that were not fit for combat were ordered to pull back to Germany on 8 September, leaving behind a small Kampfgruppe attached to the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich. Meyer had removed his SS uniform and was wearing the uniform of a regular German army officer. ... SS-Division Reich: 10 Panzer Division (20 Pz IV, 105 Pz III/5cm, 47 Pz II, 11 Pz I, 12 PzBefWg III, 5 PzBefWg I, 80 Armoured cars, 6 15cm SP guns) ... 12th SS Panzer Division Hitler Youth. What followed were a series of local attacks by both sides. Meyer was concerned at the slowing of the attack’s momentum. Having a divisional commander address them in this way, they stopped, hesitated, and then returned to their positions.’ Having rallied the frightened soldiers from the 89th, he sent armor and anti-tank guns to the positions they had abandoned at Cintheaux before directing his two battle groups to counterattack to the north of the village. But it is not necessarily commensurate with military skill and was no substitute for tactics and firepower. Mark V Panthers, was stranded and momentarily idled east of the Orne River for want of fuel. [18], On the Canadian right the 2nd Battalion attacked the Royal Winnipeg Rifles defending the village of Putot-en-Bessin at 0630 hours. Only three. Based in newly formed Slovakia, the objectives of the division initially were the taking of the city of Krakow, wher… Prior to this Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt had ordered over half of the division to deal with a parac… We fight as long as possible but we realize we are in a losing position. cit., p. 137 and Haller, Oliver: "The Defeat of the 12th SS 7–10 June 1944", in Canadian Military History Quarterly, Volume 3, Issue 1. [3], Hitlerjugend Panzer IV crews on parade, Belgium ~Jan/Feb 1944, While the Hitlerjugend members, who had grown up under NSDAP propaganda, were committed to the Nazi cause, they had no military experience. With only one avenue of escape left open, what was left of the 12th SS were ordered to help hold open the northern side of the Falaise gap, so what was left of the German 7th Army could escape. When the division reached the front, it was met with heavy resistance from American troops stationed on the Elsenborn Ridge. The majority of the much-needed reinforcements were transferred Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine personnel, and the reformed division would never match the elite status it had boasted in the spring of 1944. The boys overran Authie and Franqueville in their initial rush. European Theater of Operations ... German Order of Battle 12th SS-Armored Division Vokes recognized that in the heat of battle it was often difficult to decide who had killed an enemy and who had murdered a prisoner. The point of the attack was again directed at the 12th SS. Though the 12 th SS engaged in what was described as ferocious fighting often including hand-to-hand encounters, the unit was not well regarded for its combat efficiency or effectiveness. [24], For the next four days, the 12th SS held out against repeated attacks by the British I Corps. The 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend ("Hitler Youth") was a German Waffen SS armoured division during World War II. The Division's tank strength at this time was 81 Panther and 104 Panzer IV tanks. The Canadians noted that, despite advancing with courage and determination, the young Germans seemed to lack tactical control and had a habit of attacking piecemeal and failed to exploit favorable opportunities.[9]. Panzer-Armee) was a formation of the Wehrmacht Heer, formed in the Autumn of 1944.The 6th Panzer Army was first used as an offensive force during the Battle of the Bulge, in which it operated as the northernmost element of the German offensive.The army was subsequently transferred to Hungary in early 1945 and used in both offensive and defensive actions there. More attacks during Operation Charnwood fell upon the Division the following week. [22], The following two weeks until the end of the month, was a period of relative quiet, as both sides were exhausted. The High Command appointed Kurt Meyer as the new commander of the division. One German, forced to the ground by a rolling artillery barrage, surfaced to find his unit swamped by tanks and ‘furious Scotsmen hurling grenades.’ It was a confusing battle, and few participants retained clear memories of it, but the British line moved slowly southward, regularly subjected to fanatical counterattacks by the boys of the 12th. Articles with unsourced statements from November 2014, Articles incorporating text from Wikipedia, Military units and formations established in 1943, Military units and formations of the Waffen-SS, List of Knight's Cross Recipients 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de/Waffen-SS/E/Eckstein-Fritz.htm, "World War II: 12th SS Hitlerjugend Panzer Division Fought in Normandy", http://www.historynet.com/world-war-ii-12th-ss-hitlerjugend-panzer-division-fought-in-normandy.htm/6, "12. He was Lyndon B. Johnson's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the first man ever to hold that post. Here we see a Commando and an SS man, literally dead in each others arms, having slaughtered each other. They held out for three days, and only four were taken prisoner. Unable to concentrate effectively, the Germans would be forced to launch their counterstrokes with whatever forces were available. The division was ordered to the front at 14:30 hours on 6 June, over twelve hours after the first reports of the landings. It was given the title Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (LAH) in November, 1933. They had yet to achieve their hoped-for breakthrough, and the narrowness of the salient made it an obvious target for a major German counterstroke. On 8 May 1945, 10,000 survivors of the division surrendered to Major General Stanley Eric Reinhart, commander of the 65th Infantry Division, near Enns.[20]. According to the very thorough research in the records of casualties suffered by the division presented by Meyer, it is clear that the division lost about 8,000 officers and men, killed, wounded and missing ... (and) ... it is clear it had around 12,000 men on 22 August 1944. Madam Jeanne Poisson de Pompadour, influential mistress of Louis XV, who was later blamed for France's defeat in the Seven Years' War. [35], After the war, Meyer was tried and condemned to death by a Canadian military court for collusion in the shooting of Canadian and British prisoners. A competition was held to design insignia for the new unit. The order to fall back was met with disbelief, and as a result was followed only after a long delay.’ Some witnesses later said that they came across boys from the division crying over their failure to force the Allies back into the sea. When they got closer to the front, some of that excitement was tempered by seeing the number of vehicles shot up by Allied fighter-bombers, the dreaded Jabos. [9][11] German Orders of Battle shortly after the beginning of Operation Barbarossa on June 27, 1941, in the evening. The loss of Falaise meant the gap between the British and American arms of a large pincer was only 20 kilometers, and in the pocket the remnants of some 19 German divisions were subjected to incessant and increasingly heavy artillery bombardment. On 27 May, Witt celebrated his 36th birthday and his recent promotion to SS-Brigadeführer. An inferno was unleashed. Despite the delays and fear of what lay ahead, morale remained high as soldiers hastily dug in and erected camouflage netting around their positions. At the same time, the 3rd Canadian Division was directed southwest toward Carpiquet airfield. On 6 September, Kurt Meyer was captured by Belgian partisans. Then Tommy attacks with great masses of infantry and many tanks. And here is the confirmation of how ferocious last night's battle must have been. The hierarchy given here is at a moment nearly at the end of the Battle. Vicious hand-to-hand fighting took place in various locations, notably at Buron with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada on 8 July where the Highland Light Infantry lost 262 men in a single day of combat with the 25th SS Panzergrenadier Regiment. The 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend was given a brief respite, but received virtually no reinforcements or equipment. Kompanie – 3. The German Orders of Battle and distribution of the divisions from the Wehrmacht and subordinated units of allies shortly before the summer offensive in Russia (Operation Blue, starting June 28, 1942) and the tank inventory from the beginning of the year with known numbers of tank models in the summer of 1942. I SS Panzer Corps - SS-Obergruppenführer Josef Dietrich. The bombing destroyed the city and exacerbated the Germans’ already acute supply problems. The division was also equipped with Jagdpanzer IV tank destroyers, three prototype Wirbelwind flakpanzer vehicles, along with a number of 20 mm, 37 mm and 88 mm flak guns, Hummel, Wespe and sIG 33 self-propelled guns and regular towed artillery pieces. Meyer’s panzers roared around Authie and headed for Buron. The next day they knocked out a further 13 tanks and within 5 days had knocked out a total of 26 tanks. ‘Artillery on both sides had not fired a single round.’. The plan for a combat division made up of all Hitlerjugend members born in 1926 was passed on to Adolf Hitler for his approval. [12] The 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" (German: 2. A memorial to the executed Canadian soldiers in the garden of the Ardenne Abbey. Colonel Kurt Meyer had finally received orders committing his regiment to the struggle to throw the Allies back into the Channel. A British Second Army Intelligence summary of the day before noted that the ’12th SS is the only reserve formation not committed and it is but a shell of its former self.’ Divided into two battle groups, Kampfgruppe Krause and Kampfgruppe Waldmüller, with a combined strength of just 50 tanks, it quickly became a key element in the defense of the German position south of Caen. Meyer, unwilling to retire, continued his bitter defense. ... 10 SS Panzer-Division Carl the Great (in preparation) LXXX Corps: 158 Reserve Infantry Division: ... 12th SS Panzer Division Hitler Youth. The attack started well and once they reached their objectives, the infantry started to clear out the defenders. The Hitlerjugend division was activated in February 1943. German Order of Battle. Order of Battle June 1944. Now we understand with what kind of fanatic we have to deal. The Abbey in September 2006, after extensive restoration. The Hitlerjugend was unique because the majority of its junior enlisted men were drawn from members of the Hitler Youth, while the senior NCOs and officers were generally veterans of the Eastern Front. Per an order dated June 24th, 1943, it was initially decided that the SS "Hitlerjugend" division would be formed as the 12th SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Hitlerjugend". No reconnaissance of the Canadian positions was done and the infantry met a maelstrom of defensive fire from firmly established positions.[17]. [9] Following this the division was pulled out of the line and used to form the mobile reserve for I SS Panzer Corps. The scratch formation was supposed to drive the Allies back to the beaches. Other tanks exploded in pieces in the air. ‘Before me, making their way down the Caen-Falaise road in a disorderly rabble were the panic-stricken troops of the [German] 89th Infantry Division,’ he said. The division was thrown into action against the Gran Bridgehead, a strong position formed by the Soviets over the Danube near the town of Gran. Stacey notes that Meyer's own notes were not explicit on this point. Jesionek's testimony was refuted by Meyer[36] and as a result Meyer's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Canadian Major General Christopher Vokes, who considered all evidence against him circumstantial. [citation needed], On 7 September 1954, with the support of several Canadian and British officers who had faced him in Normandy, along with the mayor of his home town; he was released. Some elements of the 12th SS still held part of the line between Eterville and the Orne River. We fight as long as possible but we realize we are in a losing position. Bittrich has not recorded any gloomy suspicion of Not every one of them was a volunteer, but even the vast majority of those who had been drafted into the division accepted its ethos as a result of their charismatic leaders. ‘We’ll throw them back into the sea in the morning.’ Meanwhile, the 3rd British Division had been ordered to close the gap that the 21st Panzer Division had created between itself and the 3rd Canadian Division on June 6. ‘Phosphorus shells caused the tank to instantly burst into flames all over. [33], All the charges against the 12th SS are dated between 6–17 June. The Allies tried to bomb their way through, but the Germans had captured a scout car on August 13 with a copy of the plan for the attack, and Meyer moved his men back in time. Eventually though, the British were able to penetrate into the city, forcing the Germans to prepare to withdraw from Caen. Das Reich served during the invasion of France and took part in several major battles on the Eastern Front, including in the Battle of Prokhorovka against the 5th Guards Tank Army at the Battle of Kursk. The attack, launched at 0330 hours, 8 June – had little initial success. Hitler was also enthusiastic about the idea, and on 13 February 1943, the official order for the creation of an Hitlerjugend division was issued.[1]. Watching the Canadian advance unfold from the tower of the Ardenne Abbey, he saw an opportunity opening in front of him. The boy soldiers gained a fearsome reputation for shooting prisoners, especially Canadians, and were responsible for the deaths of 64 British and Canadian prisoners between June 7 and 16. Once the lead Canadian tanks reached the ridge south of Franqueville, they spotted one of Meyer’s panzer companies waiting to advance. Casualties on both sides steadily mounted. [31] Two British soldiers from the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division were also murdered during the killing of Canadian prisoners.[32]. Their orders were to overrun the Canadians and force a deep wedge between them and the British division to the west. Ruth! Under nearly continuous artillery and air attack, the Germans were forced to withdraw when the 2nd Canadian Division broke through on their western flank. Charles Goodyear, inventor of vulcanized rubber for tires. Meyer's attack had pushed back one part of the Canadian advance but to the west of Meyer, the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade had occupied a group of small villages two miles into the German line. Neither was able to secure a strategic advantage, and the German defensive perimeter around Caen tightened. This article originally appeared in the July 2001 issue of World War II and written by Jon Latimer. After crossing the Dives Army Group B reported on 22 August that the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend now consisted of only 10 tanks and no artillery. Lack of infantry reinforcements prevented the Germans from launching effective counterattacks, but they had stopped the Canadian advance. Battalion (18 x 105 mm LeFH 18 (towed howitzers)), III. [9], The Allies next tried to blast their way through with Operation Tractable, but the 12th SS had captured a copy of the plan on 13 August, and Meyer created a defensive line with what remained of his division. Operation Jupiter began on July 10. But faith was the strongest support of courage. Despite suffering heavy losses from German artillery, elements of two Canadian battalions found themselves fighting some 50 Panzergrenadiers in the village. The capture of Caen had now become as much a matter of prestige as necessity, and Montgomery decided that desperate measures were necessary. After the success of the Infanterie-Regiment (mot.) Those who did could thank the defenders of the gap, which was under enormous pressure for two days. Meanwhile, the 1st and 2nd battalions were approaching Cambes. On 8 July, after all hope of holding the city was lost, Meyer ignoring his orders ordered the evacuation of the city and the remnants of the Division withdrew to the south of Caen.[9]. The 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend ("Hitler Youth") was a German Waffen SS armoured division which saw action on both the Eastern and Western fronts during World War II. With German armor starting to move toward the American sector, the British decided to regain Hill 112 and secure it and the surrounding villages. ... 12th Panzer Division ... 1st SS Panzergrenadier Division Leibstandarte SS … By the time the survivors try to pull back, we realize we are surrounded. This can also be considered retaliation for what Canadian soldiers did to three captured German officers by tying them to their vehicles. It is a holy task. American defenders prevented the division from reaching its objective, and after the destruction of Kampfgruppe Peiper, the advance of Dietrich's army altogether was stopped. Losses were suffered when the 12th SS successfully defended the Carpiquet airfield (which the Canadians called Operation Windsor) though the village of Carpiquet itself fell as only fifty men were available to defend it from an attack by an entire Canadian battalion. No official encouragement of those events has been documented, unlike the situation of the Canadian forces where Meyer claims that a "no prisoners" edict was in place[34] as evidenced by documents captured from Canadian officers at the time. [1] Hardly older than the boys they led, their fanatical devotion to the point of death was an inspiration to the others. 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