Wisch, Theodore “Teddy”, born on 13-12-1907 in Wesselburener Koog, in Holstein to a humble farmer, joined the SS in 1930, nr 4.759. Then he was transferred to the 1st Battalion of 53rd SS-Standarte “Dithmarschen” under SS-Sturmbannführer Karl Herwig . Herwig became a bad war criminal but survived the war with only a year in prison and died age 71 on 20-01-1967 in Welmbüttel. At the outbreak of the World War II, Wisch took part in the invasion of Poland, with the rank of Hauptmann, SS-Hauptsturmführer. From November 1940 to May 1941, he fought in the Balkans Campaign. Then, from 22-06-1941, he participated in Operation Barbarossa. On the Eastern Front, Wisch fought at Kharkov as commander of the 2nd SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment, “Das Reich” . In July 1943,
Wisch here with Heinrich Himmler and with Generaloberst Erhard Raus, was appointed as commander of the 1st SS-Panzerdivision Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (did you know) The division was sent to Hungary where it had rough battles in February 1945 and had to retreat through Austria. On 08-05-1945 most of the division surrendered to the US forces in Steyer area. 1.500 men with 16 tanks surrendered, the strength of the division in June 1944 was 19.700 men. Total casualties amongst the Waffen-SS will probably never be known, but one estimate indicates that they suffered 180.000 dead, 400.000 wounded, and 40.000 missing. World War II casualties indicates that the Waffen-SS suffered 314.000 killed and missing, or 34.9 per cent. By comparison, the United States Army suffered 318.274 killed and missing in all theatres of the war. For his bravery and audacity, Wisch was decorated with the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross in September 1941, and in February 1943, with German Cross in Gold. During the winter of 1943 and 1944, his division suffered heavy loss during ferocious battles that took place around the cities of Schitomir, Korosten and Berditschew.
In February 1944, Wisch received the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross . In June 1944, he was transferred with his division to France and, after the Allied invasion in Normandy, in August 1944, he and his SS men fought with bravery at the Battle of the fatal Falaise Pocket in which his division got encircled by the advancing Allied armies but were able to escape with heavy losses through a corridor which were kept open. Wisch was severely wounded by grenade shrapnel in both legs . On 21-08-1944, he was decorated with the Swords to the Knight’s Cross. Wisch spent the rest of the war in a military hospital. In May 1945 he was taken prisoner by the Allies, but was released in 1948. Long after the war, in 1990, he published a book, “Twelve Years 1st Company Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”.
Death and burial ground of Wisch, Theodore “Teddy”.
Theodor Wisch left with SS Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich and SS Brigadeführer Hugo Kraas, died in Norderstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, old age of 87, on 11-01-1995. Teddi Wisch is buried with his wife Hanna, born Mühlenmardt, who died old age 90, in 2006, on the Stadtfriedhof of Barsbüttel.