No sign of the so-called Durchstoss legend in Hubert Meyers history of the 12 ss pz div. On p 56 he is not even critical about the decisions concerning the release of the pz divisions on June 6. He shows a lot of understanding for the decisions made including these by Speidel. He does mention that political grounds were mentioned for not sending 2 and 116 pz div to Normandy- in the years after the war also based on statements by speidel himself. He mentions that heinz gunther guderian will certainly have authentical information about that in his history of the 116 pz. Heinz Gunther Guderian does elaborate on that on pp 59-61 of Das letzte Kriegsjahr im Westen Die Geschichte der 116.Panzer Division. He mentions that David Irving reproached Speidel to have kept back the 116 pz div from the front to be used in the overthrow of Hitler. In a letter to Guderian of 04 10 1978, Speidel confirms that before the invasion there were considerations to keep back trustworthy pz div(2 and 116) for coming events. He states these considerations happened within the controversy about where to station the pz div. After the invasion there can be no talk anymore about keeping back the 116 pz division for these reasons. That the 116 pz was only released on 19.07 must be due to its refit not being ended. Guderian then elaborates some more and still is clearly not entirely convinced that there were no political considerations concerning the movements of 116 pz in the period after the invasion .Sheldrake wrote: ↑16 Aug 2022 11:19The history of the 12 SS has a source bias. Hubert Meyer, the author, promulgates the WW2 Nazi fake history "Durchstoss" myth, that the Wehrmacht was betrayed by high placed anti Nazi staff officers: specifically Hans Speidel who misled the high command.Aida1 wrote: ↑15 Aug 2022 16:19Kriegsgeschichte der 12.SS panzer division Hitlerjugend, Hubert Meyer quotes on pp55-56 a statement by Otto Gunsche to the author that Hitler was woken up early in the morning of June 6 by Linge at the request of Schmundt who urgently wanted to speak to Hitler after a a call from Jodl. .According to Gunsche, Hitler was, against his habit, already towards 8 am in the big hall of the Berghof.
The quote from Gunsche is a recollection of a man some time after the event, with all the problems of old soldier's memories.
About fifteen years ago the battlefield guide and author Tim Saunders heard that Hubert Meyer was still alive and worked with an Oxford German professor to obtain what he hoped would be new primary source material on the Normandy Campaign. The results were presented at RUSI with a well informed audience. The question session started with Anthony Beevor denouncing the results as Durchstoss bollocks - though he used more polite terms.
There is no reason to doubt Gunsche. It would be doubtful that Hitler was not woken up when the invasion happened. Anyway,there was nothing really abnormal about some hesitation before releasing the OKW reserves which you would not want to commit too quickly. And 12 ss pz was already moving earlier as it's pulling forward had been authorized at 10 am despite its release being refused (H Meyer p 55).