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Wilhelm Bittrich

✠ Wilhelm Bittrich (26 February 1894 – 19 April 1979) RK 14.12.1941 SS-Oberführer Kdr SS-Inf.Rgt “Deutschland” 2. SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich” [563. EL] SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS K.G. II. SS-Pz.Korps [153. Sw] SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS K.G. II. SS-Pz.Korps

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SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Wilhelm Bittrich speaking to officers in France in August 1943

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Wilhelm Bittrich (far right) at the quarry at Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp during tour with Heinrich Himmler (center) and other SS officers, June 1941.

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A Bridge Too Far ~ Maximilian Schell portrayed General der Waffen-SS Wilhelm Bittrich CO of II SS Panzer Corps

✠ Wilhelm Bittrich (26 February 1894 – 19 April 1979) RK 14.12.1941 SS-Oberführer Kdr SS-Inf.Rgt “Deutschland” 2. SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich” [563. EL] SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS K.G. II. SS-Pz.Korps [153. Sw] SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS K.G. II. SS-Pz.Korps

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Niederlande.- Schlacht um Arnheim.- Lagebesprechung mit (v.l.) Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model, Generaloberst Kurt Student, Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Wilhelm Bittrich, Major Hans Peter Knaust, Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Heinz Harmel Dating: September 1944

Wilhelm Bittrich Commander 2'nd SS Panzer division "Das Reich". He was a most irregular member of the SS. He had grown up with Jewish friends and was openly critical of both Himmler and Hitler after the beginning failure in Russia. It earned him Himmler's animosity WHO worked to have him punished but the Wehrmacht kept their hands over him. He was feared in the SS for his irony but respected for his skills. He was aquitted for warcrimes.

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