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Efflame, André

Date of birth:
October 2nd, 1903 (Nantes, France)
Date of death:
February 13th, 1975 (Villers-le-Bel, France)
Nationality:
French (1870-present, Republic)

Biography

1923: entered the Army
1939-1940: adjudant-chef, served in the 5e Bataillon de Chasseurs Portés
00.07.1941: joined the LVF - 5. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 638 as Oberfeldwebel and deputy Zugführer
00.02.1942: promoted to sous-lieutenant
09.09.1942: WIA by partisans in Krutscha as platoon leader I. Zug, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, IR. 638, LVF
00.01.1944-00.03.1944: Chef, Stab Kie I. Bataillon, IR. 638, LVF
00.00.1944: promoted to lieutenant
01.09.1944: promoted to Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS when transferred to the Waffen SS
00.10.1944: appointed to the German Staff, Inspektion der Französische SS-Verband
03.03.1945: Kompaniechef, Bataillon de Marche, SS-Regiment 'Hersche' (to be confirmed)
He survived the war, his son Alexandre (born in 1928, died in 2011) enlisted too in the Waffen SS and trained in SS-Camp in Sennheim (today Rouffach in Alsace)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sous-Lieutenant (Second Lieutenant)
Unit:
3./ I./ IR. 638 - LVF
Awarded on:
March 1944
2 citations
"Officer whose calm bravery gives his men an absolute confidence and who testifies good leadership qualities during the fightings. The 31st of January 1944, remarkably made his platoon manoeuver while his company in the poursuit of an enemy was assaulted from all sides by fires in the forest of Somry, himself pointing a machine gun then a light mortar under an adjusted fire of the enemy, forcing the enemy to retreat on both flanks."
Croix de Guerre L.V. F. (Vichy)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sous-Lieutenant (Second Lieutenant)
Unit:
IR. 638 - LVF
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
severely WIA to the shoulder
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
5e Bataillon de Chasseurs Portés
Awarded on:
June 1940
2 citations:
1 bronze palm (Army level)
1 bronze star
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille

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