Simon, Max

Date of birth:
January 6th, 1899 (Breslau/Lower Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
February 1st, 1961 (Lünen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Standartenführer (Colonel)
Unit:
SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 1 "Oberbayern"
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Standartenführer (Colonel)
Unit:
1.SS-Totenkopfstandarte "Oberbayern"
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Totenkopf-Infanterieregiment 1
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1941
Action:
Max Simon received the Knight’s Cross while commanding the 1st Infantry Regiment of the SS-Totenkopf-Division. His award was given for multiple acts of good leadership of his regiment. Specifically, his recommendation highlights the following reasons...

1) Securing a number of villages in the area between Landrecies and Cambrai during the battle of France. His men achieved particular success at the village of Catillon, where 1300 prisoners plus other heavy weapons were captured. (May 19th 1940)

2) Clearing the flank of his division at the town of Kreslau, where his regiment defeated a strong enemy force of infantry and tanks that were twice his size through an enveloping attack. (Early July 1941)

3) Distinguished leadership during the fighting at Opotschka (July 8th 1941)

4) Accumulation of battle wounds.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 13th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1943
Demjanskschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 16. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Reichsführer SS"
Awarded on:
October 9th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 16. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Reichsführer SS"
Awarded on:
October 28th, 1944
Action:
Four actions are mentioned in his Oakleaves recommendation as contributing to Simon receiving the award...

1) An action on 24.03.1943 at Wjasowok, between Ssamara and Orel.

2) The destruction of enemy forces east of Jeremejewka. (05.03.1943)

3) Launching a thrust towards Tschugujew, which resulted in the throwing back of enemy forces back over the Donez. (14.03.1943)

4) For the defensive battles in Italy on 30.06./01.07.1944 south of and along the Cecina, on 03./04.07. along the line Rossignano-south of Castellina, on the Blue Line (09-11.07.), the Red Position (12-16.07.), the Hildegard Position (17-19.07.) and the Heinrich Position (from 19.07.1944).
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht

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