Wandrey, Max

Date of birth:
April 8th, 1910 (Hamburg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 21st, 1945 (near Kruschwitz/Rothenburg/Lausitz)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

NSDAP n° 125 004
SS n° 50 313

Max Wandrey was Major der Reserve and Kdr. II./Jäger-Regiment 1 "Brandenburg". He died on 21.2.1945. Awarded RK on 9.1.1944 and Eichenlaub 16.3.1945.
he was too a member of Allgemeine-SS

SS-Hauptscharführer (28.SS-Standarte)

Promotions:
20.4.1935 SS-Untersturmführer
20.4.1936 SS-Obersturmführer
30.1.1937 SS-Haupsturmführer
30.1.1943 SS-Sturmbannführer

Positions:
1935 : 28. SS-Standarte (Hamburg)
1936 : 28. SS-Standarte (Hamburg)
1937 : SS-Abschnitt XV (Hamburg)
1938 : SS-Abschnitt XV (Hamburg)
1943 F. II./SS-Standarte 28 (Hauptamtlicher SS-Führer der Allgemeinen SS)
1944 F. II./SS-Standarte 28 (Hauptamtlicher SS-Führer der Allgemeinen SS)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
9./ Inf.Rgt.26
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1940
Action:
doc signed by Generalleutnant und Divisionskommandeur v. Briessen
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 29th, 1940
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1940
Action:
doc signed by Oberst v. Randow
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 7th, 1941
Action:
doc signed by Generalleutnant Seifert
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
II. / Infanterie-Regiment 254
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 11. / Jäger-Regiment 1 "Brandenburg"
Awarded on:
January 9th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his contribution to the German conquest of Leros in November 1943. Landing on the island on the 16th of that month, Wandrey's company commander was quickly wounded and Wandrey stepped in to fill this role. At around 1500 that day Wandrey stormed the dominant Hill 204 with about 50 men, and located the British HQ there. With 20 solders Wandrey stormed the command post and took the British General Tilney prisoner.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Jäger-Regiment 1 "Brandenburg"
Awarded on:
March 16th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the major role he played in the breakout of Gruppe von Saucken in early 1945. Around mid-February, as commander of an inexperienced battalion of the Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Brandenburg", Wandrey led a stubborn defense east of Sprottisch-Waldau. The leadership of Saucken's moving pocket thus oriented their breakout efforts towards this point, pushing north from the Primkenauer forest and linking up with Wandrey's forces on 11/12.02.1945.
Details:
787th Award.

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