- Wünsche, Max
SS Standartenführer en Hitler's body guard. Falaise Pocket, 12th SS Panzer Division.
- 20-04-1914, Kittlitz, Brandenburg.
- 17-04-1995, old age, 80, Wuppertal.
München, Nordfriedhof. Feld 193-A-Grab 14
Max Wünsche, born 20-04-1914 in Kittlitz, Brandenburg, joined an agricultural union in 1928 and for a short time he was employed as an estate manager. In November 1932, at the age of 18, he joined the Hitler Youth. In July 1933, he joined SS organization of the Nazi Party. After officer training at Jüterbog in Brandenburg and Bad Tölz in Bavaria, he became a platoon leader of the 9th Company in the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know). In October 1938, he was assigned to Adolf Hitler's bodyguard unit as an orderly officer. In Jan 1940, after an incident in wich Albert Bormann was involved Wünsche came back to LSSAH. Albert Bormann was the brother of Martin Bormann (see Bormann). The relationship between Martin and Albert became so caustic that Martin referred to Albert not even by name but as "the man who holds the Führer's coat". Albert died in Munich old age of 86 on 08-04-1989. Wünsche became Sepp Dietrich's adjutant as Obersturmführer and returned to the SS Leibstandarte unit as the platoon company in the 15th Motor Cycle Company and participated in the invasion of the Netherlands (see Ackermans) and France. In December 1940, he was made the adjutant to Sepp Dietrich (see Dietrich), under whom he participated in the German invasion of the Balkan Peninsula. During Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia, he flew reconnaissance flights in a Storch aircraft. In February 1942, he was given command of the Sturmgeschütz Battalion within the Leibstandarte; his battalion was involved in halting several Russian attempts to break through German lines in the following couple of months. On June 1st, he returned to Germany to study at the staff college; upon completion of his studies, he was promoted to the rank of Sturmbannführer. In September 1942, he returned to the Sturmgeschütz Battalion and resumed his role as its commanding officer. In October, he was given command of a newly formed tank regiment, with which unit he participated in the First Battle of Kharkov at the end of that month. Between 10 and 13-02-1943, his troops broke through Russian encirclement of the 1st SS Reconnaissance Battalion, and then the two battalions jointly defeated the Russian VI Guards Cavalry Corps during the next two days; for this action he was awarded the German Cross in Gold. On 25 February, Wünsche located an enemy force and defeated it on his own initiative, destroying 52 heavy guns and causing 900 casualties, earning him a Knight's Cross on 28-02-1943. In June 1943, Wünsche became the commanding officer of the 12th SS Panzer Regiment of the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" under Panzer Meyer (see Meyer) stationed in France. On 07-06-1944, his regiment was engaged in the Battle of Normandy, D-Day destroying 219 Allied tanks over the following month; he was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knights Cross for his achievements at Normandy. In August, his regiment was trapped in the Falaise
SS Hauptsturmführer Rudolf von Ribbentrop with wounded Wünsche.
Pocket. On 20-08-1944, he and two officers, Hauptsturtmfüher Georg Iseke and Untersturmführer Fritz Freitag attempted to escape the pocket on foot. While they marched on foot, they encountered a enemy outpost where the injured Doctor was taken prisoner while Wünsche got wounded in the calf. Then Isecke became seperated and was captured, too. Wünsche’s group was now down to two. Wünsche and Frietag found a German vehicle in good working condition and drove through St. Lambert in plain view of the Canadians that occupied the town. But later that day, while waiting under the cover of bushes for darkness they where captured by Allied soldiers on 24 August. After a day or two he was put in front of Bernard Montgomery (see Montgomery) who very angry explained to Wünsche that he treated the German POWS after the Geneve konvention but not the SS who was political scums and worms, and would be treated after that. He was a prisoner of war at Camp 165 for German officers at Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom until the end of the war. In 1948, Wünsche was released from captivity and returned to Germany. He married Ingeborg Dievetz, she died old age 80 on 14-12-2000 in Munich and they had 5 sons and became a manager of a industrial plant in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, 1980. Wünsche rose from the ashes of nothing to financial security . Wünsche died at the high age of 80, on 17-04-1995
and is buried with his wife Ingeborg, born Piwitz, who died age 80, in 2000, on the Nordftriedhof of Munich, close by the graves of the 1923 Putz victim Andreas Bauriedl (see Bauriedl) and Heinrich Hoffmann (see Hoffmann), Hitler’s photographer and his daughter Henriette Schirach-Hoffmann (see Henriette) and (Baldur), Dr. Gustav von Kahr (see Kahr) President of the Bavarian court in 1923 during the Putz and some further the secretary of Hitler, Traudl Junge-Humps (see Junge)+(Hans), the Generals Kuno Fütterer (see Fütterer) and Erich von Botzheim (see Botzheim), Hitler's driver and founder of the SS, Emil Maurice (see Maurice), Hitler's doctor Ludwig Stumpfegger (see Stumpfegger), Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven (see Freytag), the Troost couple (see Paul Troost) (Gerda), Generaloberst of the Mountain Troops, Eduard Dietl (see Dietl) and actor/singer Johan Heesters (see Heesters).