Seela, Max

Date of birth:
July 15th, 1911 (Schöneiche, Germany)
Date of death:
July 31st, 1999 (Ratingen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

NSDAP-Nr.: 147 126 (Member since 01-08-1929)
SS-Nr.: 257 323

Promotions:
January 30th, 1940: SS-Hauptsturmführer.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Unit:
3. / Pionier-Bataillon 3 "Totenkopf"
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1941
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
Unit:
Chef, 3. Kompanie, Pionier-Bataillon, SS-Division Totenkopf, Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
May 3rd, 1942
Action:
Seela's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...

"SS-Hauptsturmführer Seela returned to his unit (located at Staraya Russa) following convalescence in January. He assembled a Kompanie around Lipowitzy, southeast of Staraya Russa.

After the breakthrough of the Russians over the Lowat River in the fighting at the end of January SS-Hauptsturmführer Seela, as part of Kampfgruppe Ullrich, defended the village of Korowtschina on the 24th of February.

With the heaviest tanks, violent artillery and numerous aircraft the Russians launched uninterrupted attacks and succeeded in gaining the southern part of the village. However SS-Hauptsturmführer Seela in heroic and courageous fighting prevented them from taking the village in its whole, and in turn he succeeded in taking the bridge over the Lowat.

In spite of the stronger enemy and only partial successful provision from the air by the Luftwaffe, Seela again and again led his exhausted men and threw the Russians (although they surrounded him on three sides) out and forced them to retreat.

When on the 24th of February 1942 the command for the Kampfgruppe to retreat came through, Seela (although injured) made it back to the new positions.

I ask that SS-Hauptsturmführer Seela, in recognition of his heroic and courageous performance, be awarded the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 16th, 1935
Julleuchter der SS

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