Bork, Max Herman.

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Bork, Max Herman, born on 01-01-1899, in Lasdehnen, East Prussia, joined the Army on 31-07-1916, as a Fahnenjunker in the Kaiserlichen Armee, with the I. Ersatz-Batailon des Infanterie-Regiments 176 . He followed a training as Machine Gunner with the Fortress-MG-Kompanie in Thorn and during World War I, he was all the time in the fields with the 176th Westpreußisches Infanterie-Regiment. In battle on the Western Front, in Flandern, near Armentieres, near Ypern-La Bessee, Monche-Bapaume and near Cambrai-St. Quentin he was wounded in the face as a Company leader, on 28-10-1918. He was awarded with the Iron Cross. After the war a member of the 76th Volunteer Infantry Regiment in battle against the Frei Corpses . He was allowed to stay in the new Reichswehr and promoted to Major in the General Staff. At the beginning of World War II, he is assigned to the Staff of Transport Department of the OKH  and active on the Western front. As Oberst he gets the command of the LIII Armeekorps and is awarded with the German Cross, for his efforts on the Russian front. Mid February 1943 he is released of his post and lands in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know). On 10-03-1943 he is given the command of the 6th Army under General Egon von Neindorff 410px-Neindorff3  Neindorff was killed in battle, age 51 on 15-04-1944 in Tarnopol. On the 55th birthday of the Führer, 20 April 1943, promoted to Generalmajor, he again is released of his command and in the infamous Führer Reserve in April 1944. Bork becomes the rank of Generalleutnant on 01-07-1944, shortly after D-Day.  He is awarded with the Iron Cross for his excellent leading in the retreating battles along the river Rhine by commanding General des LXXX. Armee-Korps General der Infanterie, Franz Beyer
   . After the command is of the 47th Volksgrenadier Regiment, he took over the “Korps Bork” for the defends of Salzburg, but the town commander wanted Salzburg to be a free and open city, no destructions. Bork was captured by the Allies and in prison until  01-05-1948.

Death and burial ground of Bork, Max Herman.

 After his release he lived in Hollern near Stade, until his death at the age of 74, on 04-07-1973. In Stade is the grave of Helmut Lent     the Flyer Ace and his crew who crashed 07-10-1944. Generalleutnant Bork is buried with his wife Else, born von Dobrowolski, who died age 82 in 1978, on the small cemetery of Hollern in the same family grave as Generalmajor and Commander of the 1st  Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier Division 2 “Hermann Goering” , Wilhelm Söth.

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