ϟϟ-Kampfgruppe Hansen

SS-Sturmbannführer Hansen
1.SS-Panzerdivision Leibstandarte SS
Left image: Max Hansen, here as a SS-Sturmbannführer, terminated the war with the rank of SS-Standartenführer. Hansen was regularly letting American and British prisoners escorted to their lines and released to their respective army’s. This came out during his trial in 1946. He was found not guilty on all charges except one. He was charged with being involved with a criminal organization of the Third Reich by commanding of a Waffen-SS Division. Max Hansen was one of only 98 German soldiers that received both the Knight's Cross and the Close-Combat Clasp in Gold. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Right image: This is a well known screenshot from a captured SS-Kriegsberichter film. It shows a heavily armed unidentified SS panzergrenadier of SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Hansens Kampfgruppe pictured near Poteau on December 18 1944. SS-Kampfgruppe Hansen was one of four task forces of 1.SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte SS engaged in the Ardennes Offensive. The other three was SS-Kampfgruppe Peiper, Sandig and Schnelle Gruppe Knittel. Image source: U.S. National Archives.

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