Knights Cross Holder Biography
|Details||Born on: August 14th, 1916 in Rohlinghausen, Westphalia|
Highest Rank (WWII): Major
Last Service position: Commander of the 18.Fallschirmjaeger-Regiment
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Joined the 16th Pioneer Battalion in Hoxter as an officer candidate on April 1st, 1935. Became a Lieutenant on April 20th, 1937 and served as platoon leader in the 31st Pioneer Battalion, Hoxter. Reported as a volunteer to the parachute troops on August 1st, 1938 and joined the Parachute Infantry Battalion under Major Heidric. After transferring to the Luftwaffe, Witzig was an Oberlautnant and leader of the Koch Parachute Assualt Battalion's pioneer platoon.
Greatest acknowledged feat was the capture of Fort Eben Emael on May 10th, 1940. Promoted to Hauptmann on May 16th, 1940.
Placed in command of the Corps Parachute Pioneer Battalion on May 10th, 1942. Promoted to Major on August 24th, 1942. Served in Tunisia in November within the Barenthin Luftwaffe Regiment. Helped greatly in the defensive operations in Northern Tunisia.
Became the CO of I Battalion, 21st Parachute Pioneer Battalion on June 15th, 1944 and at the same time was placed in charge of the Regiment. Witzig was again mentioned in a communique for adding in the destruction of 27 Allied tanks near Kumele.
Became CO of the 18th Parachute Regiment on December 16th, 1944.
On May 7th, 1945, his name was placed on the Honour Roll of the Luftwaffe.
Surrendered on May 8th, 1945.