Wünsche, Max

Date of birth:
April 20th, 1914 (Kittlitz/Löbau, Germany)
Date of death:
April 18th, 1995
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

In service from October 1st 1934.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 25th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer
Unit:
I. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1943
Details:
Award 317/1
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1943
Action:
His Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"On 25.2.1943 reports came from the lead elements of the reinforced Aufklärungs-Abteilung LSSAH that a strong enemy column was moving south towards the LAH's positions. SS-Sturmbannführer Max Wünsche, with the leader of the attached Kampfgruppe, took it upon himself (without orders from above) to conduct a comprehensive tank attack out of Jeremejewka towards the north and destroyed the following enemy equipment:
24 guns of 7.62cm (long)
13 guns of 7.62cm (short)
10 anti-tanks guns of 4.5cm
6 guns of 12.2cm
1 gun of 10.5cm
Numerous mortars, anti-tank rifles, machine guns, also 300-400 horses, ox and covered sleds, also 800-900 dead.
SS-Sturmbannführer Wünsche had not only destroyed this strong enemy column, but also provided the essential relief of the LSSAH units in the south. He displayed outstanding courage (his own tanks destroyed two 12.2cm guns) and strong leadership (5 dead and 14 wounded as his own losses) and deserves the higher award of the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross for proven worthiness."
Details:
1567th Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division “Hitlerjugend” / 1.SS-Panzer-Korps / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the performance of his panzer regiment during the opening weeks of the battle of Normandy, where it claimed over 250 allied tanks destroyed within the space of a few weeks.
Details:
548th Award

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