Wolff, Max-Eckart

Date of birth:
December 19th, 1902 (Wernigerode, Germany)
Date of death:
November 9th, 1988 (Bremen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1940
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (Lieutenant Commander)
Unit:
Commander destroyer Z-2 Georg Thiele
Awarded on:
August 4th, 1940
Action:
Korvettenkapitän Wolff distinguished himself as a destroyer captain in the battles around Narvik during the German invasion of Norway. His destroyer, "Georg Thiele", sank on 10.04.1940 the British destroyers "Hardy" and "Hunter". It then torpedoed another British destroyer ("Eskimo") on 13.04.1940. Later that day his destroyer covered the disembarkation of the crews of three German destroyers and was then scuttled, after being trapped by the British navy.
Despite the overall German defeat during these two battles Wolff and his crew had put up such a good account of themselves that he would be awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 9th, 1940
Zerstörer-Kriegsabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 10th, 1940
Narvikschild
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 1963

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