A copy of the personal telegraph message sent to Michael Wittmann from the Führer Headquarters on behalf of Adolf Hitler, confirming the award of the Oakleaves with Swords (Eichenlaub mit Schwertern) on 23rd June 1944. The message was drafted and dated on 22nd June, and transmitted the following day.
Handwritten sections, apart from German terms in translation notes, are indicted using italics.
Transmission: 1./SS-N. A. 101 / Clearance 1st SS Panzer Corps [stamped]
Received or Recorded: From: CWXIFU. Day: 23.6. Time: 1545. Via: [illegible]
FFR-WOSF Number 1544 23/6/44 1300.
To General Command 1st SS Panzer Corps “LSSAH” for the commander of the 2nd Heavy SS-Panzer Battalion 101, SS-Obersturmbannführer Michael Wittmann
In view of your continued and proven heroism I award you as the 71st soldier of the German Armed Forces, the Oakleaves with Swords to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross.
Führer Headquarters[Note 1], 22 June 1944
Note 1. F. H. QU., Führerhauptquartier