Normandy Commanders – Featured Picture

Three senior German commanders in the Battle against Allied troops in St.-Lô area, Normandy, 16 July 1944. From left to right: General der Fallschirmtruppe Eugen Meindl, SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Paul Hausser, and Generalleutnant Dipl.Ing. Richard Schimpf. Behind Schimpf is SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl-Heinz Boska. In this meeting Meindl told his commander, Hausser, that the German defense position at St.-Lô was untenable any longer due to the superiority of the Allied forces on land and in the air. The next day Hausser forwarded this message to his commander, Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel.