Stange joined the SS on March 14, 1933, with the 3./V./20.SS-Standarte in Kiel and became an SS-Mann on November 9. That following April he began training with the first cadet class of SS-Führerschule Bad Tölz commanded by Paul Lettow. Promoted to SS-Obertruppeführer on December 20, 1934, he was commissioned as an SS-Untersturmführer April 20, 1935. He was married on June 1, 1935, he and his wife had two daughters and a son. Stange was then posted after graduation to 13./Germania in Munich as a platoon leader until April 1, 1936.
Returning to the SS Officer school system, he served as a platoon leader in the teaching detachment at the SS-Junkerschule in Braunschweg as well as being a heavy weapons instructor. Following a recovery from an illness he was posted as adjutant to the commander of SS-Junkerschule Braunschweig (Paul Hausser) for almost two years until the start of April 1938. Stange was promoted to SS-Obersturmführer on April 20, 1936, and returned to “Germania” as a platoon leader with 15.Germania.
When the armored car platoon (Panzerspähzug) of the “Germania” was established, Stange organized and then assumed command until on July 1, 1938. He served as a company commander during a training course at the Army cavalry school in Hannover. Stange led an armored car platoon of “Germania” until replaced by Rudolph Lehmann in May 1939. From September to December 1938 he was detached for training and assined to Infantry Regiment 116 as commander of a replacement company where he was recommended to command a company until his return to the SS.
Stange transferred to the artillery regiment of the SS-Verfügungstruppe in late May 1939 and was promoted to SS-Hauptsturmführer on August 25 that same year. With the Artillerie Regiment SS-Verfügungstruppe he served as commander of the 6.Batterie and won the EK.2k. for actions in Poland on October 2, 1939.
When the “Totenkopf” Division was formed in Early October 1939, Stange and his unit were transferred as cadre and he became commander of that Division’s 7.Batterie. With that unit he won the EK.1k. in Russia July 12, 1941, and the Infantry Assault Badge on December 10, 1941. Stange took command of I.Abteilung in August 1940. Well liked and highly evaluated by artillery regiment commander Hermann Preiss, he was promoted to SS-Sturmbannführer on September 1, 1941. For actions as detachment commander he was awarded the German Cross in Gold on September 19, 1942, having left the front in May and being succeeded by Fritz Haas.
Stange returned SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz in mid-January 1943 as a lecturer and in mid-June took command of a teaching group. At Bad Tölz he was promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer on November 1941. Stange was then transferred 16.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Reichsführer-SS” as an artillery regiment commander. He remaiend with the Division until April 1945 when he was succeeded by Carl von Oberkamp and became the last commander the 38.SS-Grenadier-Division “Niebelungen” that was formed around the final cadet class at Bad Tölz. Personally brave and a good experienced artillery officer who contributed a significant amount of his career to duty with the SS officer schools, Martin Stange lives in retirement, He continues to maintain contact and assist comrades belonging to the veterans association of “Totenkopf” and “Reichsführer-SS.”
Photo: Martin Stange while on training exercises.