|Born||17 January 1907
|Died||16 May 1987 (aged 80)
|Years of service||1933–1945|
|Unit||5th SS Panzergrenadier Division Wiking|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
General Assault Badge
Max Schäfer (17 January 1907 – 16 May 1987) was a Standartenführer (Colonel) in the Waffen-SS, during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Early life 
Schäfer was born on 17 January 1907 in Karlsruhe.
Military career 
Schäfer then commanded a platoon in the 2nd Company, SS Pioneer Battalion during the Polish Campaign and the Battle of France. Late in 1940, he was promoted to command the 2nd Company, 5th SS Pioneer Battalion, which from June 1941 was involved in the invasion of Russia (Operation Barbarosa). From October 1941, he was commander of the 5th SS Pioneer Battalion, which at the time was operating in the Don and the Caucasus regions.
Schäfer was awarded his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, for his command during the defence of the Stalinsky sector and the numerous battles his unit was involved in the period between January 1943 and early February 1943.
In May 1943, Schäfer became the commander of all pioneers in the III SS Panzer Corps serving with distinction at Leningrad and Oranienbaum. He was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross in January 1945.
Later life 
Schäfer died in Baden-Baden, near his city of birth, on 16 May 1987.