Erich Marcks, Army General of Artillery, born June 6, 1891 in Berlin-Schönberg, commander 101st Light Infantry Division, 84th Army Corps, winner of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, killed in action by a strafing Allied fighter plane about 9:45 a.m. on June 12, 1944 near Hébécrevon près de Marigny, several kilometers northwest of Saint-Lô in Normandy, said as his last words: “Leave me here. I’d rather have it that way.” (2,000 Quotes From Hitler’s 1,000-Year Reich) Marcks is buried at the German War Cemetery at Marigny, France, in Section 2, Grave 1478.
On May 6, Hitler delayed the start of Operation Citadel until June 12, 1943, the rationale being that this would give more time for the panzer units involved to receive the new Panther and Tiger tanks. On May 10, Colonel General Heinz Guderian was in Berlin to attend a conference with the Führer concerning Mark V Panther production. After the meeting, the panzer expert asked to speak with the German leader. Reiterating his previous arguments, Guderian finally asked the Führer: “Why do you want to attack in the East at all this year?” (Waffen-SS Tiger Crews at Kursk: The Men of SS Panzer Regiments 1, 2 & 3 in Operation Citadel, July 5-15, 1943)