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MAX  SEELA  (4046-1994)
Obersturmbannführer,Waffen SS


 

In October 1939 SEELA had been given command of the 3rd Company, SS Pioneer Battalion Totenkopf (3rd Division SS) where he was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class in May 1940 and the Iron Cross 1st class, in June 1940.  He took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union with Operation Barbarossa and was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold in December 1941.
 

He was awarded the Knight's Cross in May 1942 while he was a Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in command of 3rd Company, SS Pioneer Battalion Totenkopf.  Despite severe losses and meager supplies, his unit defended the Russian village of Korowitsch in the Demyansk Pocket for one month.  SEELA and his men prevented the village from being captured, denying the Soviet Army access to the crucial bridge over the Lowat river.


In July 1942 he was given command of the 3rd SS Pioneer Battalion Totenkopf until April 1944 when he was appointed commander of the II SS Panzer Corps Pioneers.  He was then given command of the 19th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen. 

On 8 May 1945 he was captured by American forces and became a prisoner of war.

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