Max Wünsche

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Post by Georg_S » 24 Jan 2006 15:34

Herr Kommandant wrote:No matter how much I read about Max Wünsche I never got an answer to these 2 never-ending questions:

- What was E-X-A-C-T-L-Y his job with the Führer?

- What the hell happened to have him transfered to LSSAH?


I never got a straight answer.... :roll:
His jobb at first was Orderly and then Adjutant

Some sources are saying that Wünsche didn´t behave correct to som guests at Berghof
and Bormann tried to "save" Wünsche but he still was transffered back to LSSAH, in which he
short time after became Sepp Dietrichs Adjutant.

//Georg

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Post by Reader3000 » 24 Jan 2006 18:39

@Georg: Did you get my pm??

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Post by KatzMotel » 26 Jan 2006 00:50

I've actually been interested in learning a little more about Max Wünsche after seeing him in a photograph with Hitler (wearing a white uniform) on this site, but apart from the aforementioned http://home.att.net/~SSPzHJ/MaxWunsche.html site, I've found next to nothing on him.

And I'm going to be real shallow here:
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... Jesus Christ, he's good looking.

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Post by Michael Miller » 26 Jan 2006 01:26

... Jesus Christ, he's good looking.
I'll take your word for that.

Here's some basic data which will hopefully supplement what you found at Frank DeLaglio's site:

Max Wünsche
SS-Obersturmbannführer der Waffen-SS


* 20.04.1914 in Kittlitz / Kreis Löbau / Sachsen.
+ 18.04.1995 in München / Bayern.

NSDAP-Nr.: [No indication of Party membership in his SS file]
SS-Nr.: 153 508

Promotions:
01.11.1934 SS-Junker
00.00.1935 SS-Standartenjunker
25.02.1936 SS-Standartenoberjunker
20.04.1936 SS-Untersturmführer
11.09.1938 SS-Obersturmführer
25.05.1940 SS-Hauptsturmführer der Waffen-SS
01.09.1942 SS-Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS
30.01.1944 SS-Obersturmbannführer der Waffen-SS

Decorations & Awards:
11.08.1944 Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (548.) as SS-Obersturmbannführer and Kdr. SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division “Hitlerjugend”, Normandy Invasion Front (based on a recommendation dated 01.07.1944 and signed by Div. Kdr. Kurt Meyer)
28.02.1943 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as SS-Sturmbannführer and Kdr. I.Abteilung / SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler” Eastern Front (based on a recommendation approved 26.02.1943 by Div. Kdr. “Sepp” Dietrich)
25.02.1943 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as SS-Sturmbannführer and Kdr. I.Abteilung / SS-Panzer-Regiment / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler”, Eastern Front (based on a recommendation dated 14.02.1943 and signed by Rgt. Kdr. Georg Schönberger)
31.05.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
26.05.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
30.10.1940 Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Bronze
11.06.1944 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Silber
00.00.1940 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz
06.07.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”
00.00.19__ Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes
00.00.19__ Spange “Prager Burg” zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
00.00.19__ Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
00.00.19__ Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
00.00.194_ SS-Dienstauszeichnungen
[01.12.1937] Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze
00.00.193_ SA-Sportabzeichen in Silber
[01.12.1937] SA-Sportabzeichen in Bronze
00.00.193_ Deutsches Reitersportabzeichen in Bronze
00.00.19__ Abzeichen der Deutschen Lebensrettungsgesellschaft- DLRG- in Silber
00.00.19__ Abzeichen der Deutschen Lebensrettungsgesellschaft- DLRG- in Bronze
[01.12.1937] Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS
[01.12.1937] Totenkopfring der SS
00.00.19__ Julleuchter der SS
16.07.1942 Order of the Crown of Romania with Swords, Knight Class on Ribbon of Military Virtue (by Royal Decree Nr. 2020) (a document in his SS file gives date of award as 03.09.1942)
06.07.1942 Military Order for Bravery in War IVth Class (1st Grade) (Bulgaria)
00.00.19__ Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Crown of Italy
00.00.19__ Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit (Hungary)
00.00.19__ Order of the Crown of Yugoslavia 4th Class
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Post by Reader3000 » 26 Jan 2006 14:23

Mike, did you make a typo in the list? At the recommendation for the oak leaves it reads 01.07.1942. Shouldn't that be 1944?

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Post by Michael Miller » 26 Jan 2006 14:44

Good catch / valuable correction, P.A.- That should read 1944 for the EL recommendation.

Thanks much!

Best,
~ Mike

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Post by Reader3000 » 26 Jan 2006 15:13

No problem. I allways help, when I am able to. :)

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Max Wünsche

Post by sharbutt1 » 22 Jan 2007 21:21

I had the wonderful opportunity to met with Max Wünsche and his charming wife in 1976 in Germany. He took me to his home and we talked for hours. He had five sons - no daughters. A very succesful businessman and
he kept a low profile in post war Germany.

A very fine gentleman.

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Post by Harro » 22 Jan 2007 22:07

Wasn't somebody writing a biography? What happened to that plan?

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Post by Potsdamerplatz » 25 Jan 2007 04:34

Harro wrote:Wasn't somebody writing a biography? What happened to that plan?
HESSIAN is planning to write a biography of Max Wünsche (he announced his intentions and requests for information as late as October 2006). I believe he is currently stationed in Iraq with the US Marine Corps which perhaps explains the long delay.

He is still active on the forum and was last online only a few weeks ago. Perhaps you might like to send him a PM to find out how progress is going on the biography:
http://forum.axishistory.com/profile.ph ... le&u=10101

Here is a photograph of Max Wunsche on duty at Hitler's birthday party.

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Ingsoc posted this photograph on the Wehrmacht Awards forum last year.

More threads on Max Wunsche from Axis History Forum, both include photographs:

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=548557

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=537627

Best regards.

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Post by Reader3000 » 25 Jan 2007 13:00

Potsdamerplatz wrote:
Harro wrote:Wasn't somebody writing a biography? What happened to that plan?
HESSIAN is planning to write a biography of Max Wunsche (he announced his intentions and requests for information as late as October 2006). I believe he is currently stationed in Iraq with the US Marine Corps which perhaps explains the long delay.
His last posting was - if I searched correctly - from October 2004 :? And he didn't reply on my latest pm, so no clue what's up with him.

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Post by eindhoven » 24 Sep 2007 06:31

I have been absent for some time. I too was very much interested in the bio for Max. He was, by all accounts of those who served with him a very good soldier and a gentleman. His awards I think say volumes.

I made the mistake myself of trying to get to the bottom of the indecent behavior charge that got him transferred but got nowhere. He was very well thought of among those with pull. And yes, quite a daper individual. His command in HJ was crucial in Normandy. There is also rumor that the British kept him submerged in a cage during his internment prior to being brought before Montgomery.

I cleaned this image some. (Sorry, it is a pet peeve of mine to see milky photos)

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Post by eindhoven » 24 Sep 2007 06:51

Also, here is another post war photo of Max, on the far right. Again smiling.

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Re: Max Wünsche

Post by Ste » 03 Oct 2010 14:00

Yesterday I was in München. After some beers with my friends at the Oktoberfest, we visited the city, and later we moved to the Nordfriedhof; while they were resting outside, I walked inside it to find the grave of Max Wünsche, with no idea of were it was and just a pair of photos for recognize it.
I walked for about one hour, till my calves hurt, without find it, but finding the grave of another Max Wünsche (1911-197X) and almost getting lost in the big cemetery.

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Re: Max Wünsche

Post by Keir » 13 Jun 2011 10:40

Here are a couple of photos I took of his grave:
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