Hansen, Max

Date of birth:
July 31st, 1908 (Niebüll/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
March 7th, 1990 (Niebüll/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

SS-Standartenführer

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 7th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Haupsturmführer
Unit:
14. / Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1941
Award 41/36.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1 / 1.SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler” / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
March 28th, 1943
Hansen’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“SS-Sturmbannführer Hansen has highly distinguished himself in the campaigns in Poland, the West, the Balkans and Russia (1941/42 and 1942/43).

Following the capture of Rostov on the 20.11.1941, in the winter battles of 1941/42, Hansen was decorated with the German Cross in Gold.

By the 11.03.1943 the Kampfgruppe Witt had thrusted through Polewaja—Dertgatschi—Pscherkaskaja-Losswaja, with the ultimate aim of moving along the Belgorod—Kharkov road in order to strike Kharkov from the north. On the 10.03.1943 Hansen and his Bataillon captured Dertgatschi in a bitter house-to-house fight and furthermore captured the village of Ssekeniki in the twilight of the same day. A morning attack on the 11.03.1943 along both sides of the march route by a reinforced Bataillon of Kampfgruppe Witt came under heavy defensive fire to the north and west of Bypredem and bogged down. Kampfgruppe Hansen, deployed to take control of the district of Schatiliwka to the west of here, succeeded in penetrating past the southern edge of Bypredem after a heavy urban battle.

Later on the same day, SS-Sturmbannführer Hansen made the independent decision to move against the northern edge of Kharkov’s city centre. At 12:00 on this day they reached the so-called ‘Red Square’ (or ‘Square of the Wehrmacht’) after hard fighting through houses and streets. Fierce enemy counterattacks from the south and southeast were repulsed with bloody losses to the enemy. Leaving behind a small security force at the ‘Red Square’ (or ‘Square of the Wehrmacht’), SS-Sturmbannführer took the bulk of his Bataillon along the road to Belgorod on his own initiative to permit the bulk of the regiment to enter Kharkov. With its commander at the spearhead, the Bataillon succeeded in capturing an extremely strong roadblock at the northern edge of Kharkov and removing it.

Through the decisiveness and personal example of SS-Sturmbannführer Hansen, and the élan of his troops in the tough urban combat, the way for the bulk of the regiment into the inner part of Kharkov was opened up, and the capture of the northern part of the city was ensured. Personally participating in the close combat, SS-Sturmbannführer Hansen was wounded here for the fourth time by a shell splinter in his face.

On the 12.03.1943 the northern part of Kharkov was finally cleared up the enemy and declared secure following hard and costly fighting. Here as well SS-Sturmbannführer Hansen further distinguished himself through his personal example of courage and bravery.

On the 13.03.1943 another Kampfgruppe, deployed from Dergatschi to Kharkov, succeeded in entering the north and northwestern part of Kharkov and capturing the village of Alexajewka. In order to facilitate the further advance of this Kampfgruppe, Hansen once again moved with his Kampfgruppe on his own initiative to a point about a kilometre west of the ‘Red Square’ (or ‘Square of the Wehrmacht’). By destroying 8 T-34s that were in front of the Kampfgruppe that was attacking from Dergatschi, the way for this Kampfgruppe into the northwestern part of the city was opened.

The establishment of contact between both Kampfgruppen in the area just south of the ‘Red Square’ (or ‘Square of the Wehrmacht’) laid the groundwork for the continuation of the battle within the city centre and eastern part of Kharkov.”
1656th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1945
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Standartenführer (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1. / 1.SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler” / Oberbefehlshaber West
Awarded on:
April 17th, 1945
Awarded for his outstanding combat and command achievements during the Ardennes offensive and in the battles near Lake Balaton in Hungary.
835th Award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 7th, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Silber

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer
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    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum
    - Microfilm Publication A3343. US National Archives.

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