Swords Recommendation

Following the attack on Villers-Bocage on 13th June 1944, Michael Wittmann was recommended for the award of the Oakleaves with Swords (Eichenlaub mit Schwertern) to his Knight’s Cross. The crossed swords were not presented as one single piece of jewellery, but came with the Oakleaves that already would have been presented to the award’s recipient.

This document is a copy of the memorandum on behalf of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, sent six days after Wittmann’s famous attack. Official confirmation of the award would arrive three days later. As with most correspondence dealing with awards to Waffen-SS personnel, it is typed and hand-signed in ink by Himmler’s liaison officer, SS-Sturmbannführer Wilhelm Kment.

The typewriter used is an SS issue, with the special “SS” key.

Himmler's recommendation for the Swords, 19th June 1944
Note from Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler recommending the award of the Swords to Michael Wittmann, 19th June 1944


Field command site, 19.6.1944

I am in favor of the suggestion to award the Oakleaves with Swords to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to SS-Obersturmführer Wittmann, Michael. Company Leader 2nd (Heavy) SS Panzer Battalion 101.

Signed. H. Himmler

For the Reichsführer-SS
[signed] Kment

The Story of Michael Wittmann