Tychsen, Christian, born 03-12-1910 in Flensburg, joined the SS in December 1931 with 50th SS-Standarte. He was later transferred to the SS/VT, SS Dispositional Troops , under SS Brigadeführer Paul “Papa” Hausser in October 1934 and served with the Germania Regiment as a platoon leader from October 1936 until December 1938 when he became the Commander of the 1st Company ‘N’ Battalion. When ‘N’ Battalion was dissolved he was moved to command the 1st Motorcycle Company. In February 1941 his command was absorbed by the Motorcycle Battalion and was renamed the 3rd Company, although Schafranek still kept command. In January 1942 he was given the command of the Motorcycle Battalion. After being wounded in February, 1942 he was posted to the SS Officers school at Braunschweig until he had recovered. In May 1942, he was given the command of II./Langemarck Regiment and retained in this position when it became the II./2nd Panzer Regiment in October 1942. In April 1943 he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
The name Langemarck, a small village in Belgium, grew in significance in the years following the war. Many Germans were unwilling to accept that they had been defeated, preferring to blame politicians and industrialists who were said to have ‘stabbed them (the army) in the back’; for the veterans Langemarck came to stand for victory out of defeat, a spiritual or moral victory gained by self sacrifice, a victory of innocence and youth pitted against hard professionalism, a victory of idealism in the service of the nation. Adolf Hitler spent two days visiting his former WW1 Ypres Salient battlefields. His tour included the town of Ypres and Langemark military cemetery.
What became know as ‘Kindermord’or ‘The Massacre of the Innocents’ took place during the first battle of Ypres in the early days of the war. Enthusiastic and inexperienced students came fatally face-to-face with battle hardened British soldiers.
Tychsen became 2nd SS Panzer Regiment commander on November, 1943 and held command until he replaced the wounded SS Brigadeführer, Heinz Lammerding, who died age 65, of cancer, on 13-01-1971, in Düsseldorf,
as temporary Commanding Officer of the Das Reich Division. Lammerding’s Regiment “Der Führer” of the 2nd SS Panzer Regiment under command of SS Obersturmbannführer, Adolf Diekmann
, was responsible for the Oradour Sur Glane massacre, on 10-06-1944. 642 people, the whole town, were killed and only six survived.
Death and burial ground of Tychsen, Christian.
After being wounded more than nine times in total, SS Obersturmbannführer Christian Tychsen was killed in Normandy, Operation Overlord. Tychsen’s VW kubelwagen was ambushed by a machine-gun from the M-4 tank of Russ Needles, Co. H, 67th Armored Regiment , 2nd AD, on the afternoon of 28-07-1944. He died, age 33, on 28-07-1944 of his wounds in American captivity. Souvenir hunters took his tunic with all his decorations and all other types of identification, so he was buried as an unknown soldier, but was later identified.
He is now buried on the German war cemetery of Marigny in France. A few rows further is the grave of General der Infanterie, Kommandeur LXXXIV Heeres Gruppe, Erich Marcks.
Cemetery and grave location of Tychsen, Christian.