A copy of the telegraph message sent by Konteradmiral (Rear Admiral) Karl-Jesko von Puttkamer, Hitler’s Naval and Armed Forces Adjutant, confirming the award of the Oakleaves (Eichenlaub) to Michael Wittmann’s Knight’s Cross in January 1944.
Handwritten sections, apart from German terms in translation notes, are indicted using italics.
Transmission: 31 Jan 1944 [received stamp]
To: Army Personnel Office 1. Group, Headquarters Armed Forces High Command[Note 1]
Received or Recorded: From: WNOF. Day: 31.1. Time: 2005. Via: [illegible]
GLTD: [signed] 31/1
WNOF Number 1012 30.1. 2330.
To Army Personnel Office 1. Group, Headquarters Armed Forces High Command
To Military Department B. General for special use[Note 2] for Headquarters Armed Forces High Command Major Dr. Suessmilch, Headquarters Armed Forces High Command
To Armed Forces High Command – WPR
On January 30, 1944, the Führer awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to SS-Untersturmführer Wittmann of the SS Panzer Division, as the 380th soldier of the German Armed Forces. To the press a release is requested.
Adjutant of the Wehrmacht to the Führer J. A. von Puttkamer, Konteradmiral
Note 1. H. Qu. O. K. H. (Hauptquartier Oberkommando der Wehrmacht)
Note 2. z. b. V (zur besonderen Verwendung)