SS officers in 1944 in Solahütte. The resort was situated at appr. 30 km south of Auschwitz. Richard Baer (left) Kommandant of Auschwitz from May Dr. Josef Mengele, Josef Kramer, Kommandant of Birkenau, and Rudolf Höss (former Auschwitz Kommandant).
General Guderian with tank ace Michael Wittmann. In one engagement he knocked out the lead tank of a column then the rear tank leaving them nowhere to maneuver. He then quickly killed every tank trapped in the middle.
I want to say a Big RIP to one of the first people I was interested in when I first got into the German side of a couple years ago who died on August 70 years ago, Michael Wittmann. I don’t think he needs any introduction whatsoever on how.
On 1 June, the Götz von Berlichingen found itself at Thouars in France, with no tanks (although the crews were fully equipped with 42 Sturmgeschütz IV assault guns), only a few months' training, and below strength in officers and NCOs.