12th panzer division


Reichsjugendführer (leader of the Hitler Youth) Artur Axmann presenting the “HitlerJugend” cuff-title to personnel of the 26th Panzergrenadier Regiment on September 19, 1944, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Many of the Hitlerjugend´s NCOs and officers came from the 1st SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division, forming a tough backbone in the new formed 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.

Slávny vojak - 18-ročný SS Sturmmann Otto Funk (06.06.1926) z 12. SS tankovej divízie Hitlerjugend, konkrétne SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 25. Mal 18, keď zničil tank Churchill s guľometom MG-42. Za to bol vyznamenaný Železným krížom II. triedy. Tu na fotke v Rots, Normandia, 9. jún 1944. Bol zranený 26. júna 1944, ale pokračoval v boji do 8. mája 1945, kedy sa vzdal americkým vojakom zo 65. pešej divízie v Enns, Rakúsko. Zomrel 11. septembra 2011.

The famous soldier - 18-years old SS Sturmmann Otto Funk (06.06.1926) from 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, specifically SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 25. He was 18 when he destroyed a Churchill tank with a MG 42 machine gun. He was awarded the Iron Cross class 2 for that. Here in the photo in Rots, Normandy, 9th June, 1944. He was wounded on June 26, 1944, but continued fighting till May 8, 1945, when He surrendered to american soldiers of the 65th Infantry Division in Enns, Austria. He died on 11th of September 2011.


Reichsjugendführer Artur Axmann presenting the “HitlerJugend” cuff-title to Unterscharführer Heinz Freiberg on September 19, 1944, Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Heinz Freiberg joined the Waffen-SS in 1940, in October 1941 he was assigned to 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and fought on the eastern front at Karkov and Kursk. In 1944 he was  trasnferred to the  12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend and was assigned to 3.Kompanie SS Panzer Regiment 12. He was wounded four times, once inRussia, twice in the Ardennes and also in Laaben (Austria) 1945. He finally was captured in April 1945 in a hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, he was prisioner of war in  Camp Garmisch-Auerbach .

Many of the Hitlerjugend´s NCOs and officers came from the 1st SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division, forming a tough backbone in the new formed 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.


The teachings of tanks “Panther” Ausf. D the 10th Panzer division. France, autumn 1943.
Disguised “Panther” Ausf. G of the 2nd battalion of the 33rd Panzer regiment of the 9th Panzer division in the South of France. June 1944. The tank Lieutenant-General Blaskowitz, commander of army group “G”.
“Panther” Ausf. G from part of the 1st battalion of the 16th Panzer
the regiment, under Luneville. Western front, September 1944.
Engineers take up space on the “Panther” Ausf. G. Normandy, summer 1944. You can clearly see the Jack mounting and towing device on the rear of the housing.
“Panther” Ausf. G of the composition of the 12th SS Panzer division “Hitler youth” destroyed by fire “Shermans” 741'th tank battalion of the U.S. army. Belgium, district Krinkelt, December 1944.

Majster rýchlych prepadových útokov - Kurt “Panzer” Meyer.
Meyer bol nemecký dôstojník Waffen SS počas 2. svetovej vojny. Jeho najvyššia dosiahnutá hodnosť bola SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS. Zúčastnil sa mnohých významných bitiek, vrátane invázie do Francúzska, operácie Barbarossa a bitky o Normandiu. Ako veliteľ velil 14. protitankovej rote LSSAH, 15. motocyklovej rote LSSAH, 1. prieskumnému práporu LSSAH, 25. pluku pancierových granátnikov (SS Hitlerjugend) a 12. tankovej divízii SS Hitlerjugend. Bol vyznamenaný Rytierskym krížom Železného kríža s dubovými ratolesťami a mečmi. Vojnu prežil a zomrel v roku 1961 ako verný národný socialista.

The master of the fast shock attacks - Kurt “Panzer” Meyer.
Meyer was a german officer of the Waffen-SS during the WWII. His highest achieved rank was SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS. He saw action in many major battles, including the Invasion of France, Operation Barbarossa, and the Battle of Normandy. As commander He commanded the 14th Anti Tank Company LSSAH, 15th Motor Cycle Company LSSAH, 1st SS Reconnaissance Battalion LSSAH, SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 25 (SS Hitlerjugend) and 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend. Meyer was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. He survived the war and died in 1961 as a loyal National Socialist.


Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.F in the factory yard, summer, 1941

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.S from a part of the 20th armored division

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.G the mass and at the same time last modification of the tank

One of the tanks with tropical equipment

L. T. M. 38 from part of the 3rd light division. Like other tanks of this division, these machines are on the March were transported in trucks

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.B of the 7th armored division in France. Visible boxes on the left side

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.E of the 12th Panzer division. Smoke mortice aft was the characteristic feature of the tanks of this division

The tank is of the 19th Panzer division in autumn-winter 1941 near Moscow

Most “hung” version of the tank of the 20th Panzer division. Instead of cans on the shelves taking fascines, and for a tank trailer carries a fuel. Its design allows to power the motor straight from the barrel

Pz.Kpfw.38(t) Ausf.G 22 Panzer division in the Crimea

SS-Sturmmann Otto Funk from the 25th Grenadier Regiment of the 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitler Youth” in Rots  after a failed German attack on Norrey-en-Bessin, Northwest of Caen, France.

Kurt Knispel (1921 – 1945) was a Sudeten German Heer Panzer loader, gunner and later commander, and was the highest scoring tank ace of World War II with a total of 168 confirmed tank kills,the actual number, although unconfirmed is as high as 195.He is counted with Johannes Bolter, Ernst Barkmann, Otto Carius and Michael Wittmann as being one of, if not, the greatest tank aces of all time.

Knispel was born in Salisfeld of Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia.After completing his apprenticeship in a automobile factory in 1940, Knispel applied to join the armoured branch of the German Army.
For his basic training, Knispel went to the Panzer Replacement Training Battalion at Sagan in Lower Silesia. There he received basic infantry training before tank training on the Panzer I, Panzer II, and Panzer IV. On October 1940, he was transferred to the 3rd Company of the 29th Panzer Regiment, 12th Panzer Division where he finished his training as a loader and gunner on a Panzer IV.Training lasted until June 1941 and consisted of courses at Sagan and Putlos.
Knispel first saw action in August 1941 in a Panzer IV tank,during Operation Barbarossa. By January 1943 had returned to Putlos to undergo his training in the new Tiger I tank.Next he was transferred to the 1st Company of the 503rd Heavy Panzer Battalion (Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503) where he took part in the Battle of Kursk and saw further action in other battles.
From there he went on to commanding of a Tiger II (King Tiger), when his unit was re-equipped, and fought around Caen and in the retreat from Normandy. From there the unit was transferred back to the Eastern Front and continue to fought in many battles.His final battle was in Wostitz where he was fatally wounded on April 1945, ten days before the end of war.

He was awarded the Iron Cross, First and Second Class, after destroying his fiftieth enemy tank and the Tank Assault Badge in Gold after more than 100 tank battles. When Knispel had destroyed 126 enemy tanks, he was awarded the German Cross in Gold,(May 1944). He became the only non-commissioned officer (Unteroffizier) of the German army to be named in a Wehrmacht communique,(April 1944).
Although he was recommended four times, he was never awarded the Knight’s Cross (a standard award for most other World War II German tank aces).
Unlike some other commanders,Knispel was never pursuit decorations. When there were conflicting claims for a destroyed enemy tank,always stepped back,willing to credit success to someone else.
Knispel was an excellent gunner (he is credited with knocking out a T-34 at 3,000 metres) and as a tank commander was also in his own element.At times he faced superior enemies he gave the units he was supporting the best chance to advance or the safest passage of retreat. Alfred Rubbel, one of Knispel’s first commanders, stated that when he was on the field of battle he never abandoned anyone,even in the worst of situations and conditions.

This is a photo of myself at a public reenactment taken roughly six or seven years ago when I was sixteen or seventeen (I’m about to turn twenty-three in a couple of months). I was messing around with my comrades’ things.

This photo is quite old, I look a tad bit different now.
I’ve embraced natural beauty and no longer dye my hair or wear much of any make-up (as you can see in my other photos).

It’s still a decent photo none-the-less.
Boy, do I miss reenacting, I hope to get back into it soon again.

Terrible trigger discipline in this one, I know.

Max Wünsche (20 April 1914 — 17 April 1995)
Wünsche was SS-Standartenführer during the World War 2 he He commanded the 12th SS Panzer division. He was awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves the 11 August 1944.

The division was later trapped in the Falaise pocket, on the night of 20 August, Wünsche escaped out of the pocket on foot; he was wounded and captured by British soldiers.

In 1944, Wünsche was taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in camp 165 at Caithness, Scotland, a special camp for high-ranking German officers.

In 1948 Wünsche was released and returned to Germany. and had 5 childrens. Wünsche died on 17 April 1995.
Max Wünsche (20 Avril 1914 - 17 Avril 1995)
Wünsche était SS-Standartenführer durant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale il a commandé la 12eme division Panzer SS. Il a été décoré de la croix de chevalier de la croix de fer avec feuilles de chênes le 11 août 1944.

La division était piégée dans la poche de Falaise dans la nuit du 20 août, il s'est échappé de la poche à pied : il était blessé et a été capturé par les britanniques.

En 1944 Wünsche a été fait prisonnier dans un camp écossais, dans lequel il y'avait beaucoup de haut gradé allemand.

En 1948 il a été libéré, il est retourné en Allemagne et a eu 5 enfants. Il est mort le 17 avril 1995.