20th of July 1941, when the “first” Danish volunteers arrived in Hamburg

An interesting picture, photographed on 20 July 1941, when the first Danish volunteers arrived in Hamburg, where the training was to take place.

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Soldiers from Danish Armed Forces in Free Corps Denmark

Number 1: Johannes Just Nielsen, who fell in May 1942 in Demjansk.
Johannes Just Nielsen, attended the officer’s school as an official in the Danish Armed Forces (Royal Life Guard). He went to Finland where he was enlisted in the Danish Finland Corps. When Frikorps Danmark was established, he volunteered. He became platoon leader in the 1st Company under Per Sørensen.
On May 28, 1942, he fell, leading a platoon to defeat a Russian beachhead at Ssutoki (Demjansk). The Russian positions were taken and blown up, shortly afterwards Johannes Just Nielsen was hit by shots from a Russian machine gun.

Number 2: Per Manthey Wagner, Cornet in the Danish Armed Forces . He stepped out and joined the Free Corps. He was affiliated with the 4th Company, and with the summer effort in 1942.
He continued in Regiment Denmark after Free Corps Denmark was abolished in May 1943. He fell on January 28, 1944, at Begunitzy in northern Russia when he stayed in his post.

Number 3: Chresten Madsen Brodersen, First Lieutenant in the Danish Armed Forces, stepped out like other officers. For a while, company chief of the 3rd Company. He participated in the fighting in the summer of 1942, where he received the Iron Cross 2nd grade after the fighting at B. Dubovizy. On June 17, he was to demonstrate a Russian hand grenade that accidentally went off, he had his left arm torn off and had fragments torn in the side, he died 10 minutes later.
He was also related to Gustav Brodersen, who was a pilot and was killed at Værløse on 9 April 1940.

Number 4: Thor Jørgensen, one of the two who survived the war, a transition second in command of the Free Corps. He was a captain and attached to Holbæk barracks. C. P. Kryssing pointed to Thor Jørgensen as commander of the Free Corps, which Thor Jørgensen turned down. Was knighted by the Dannebrog [Ridder af Dannebrog] in July 1941.
He was dismissed in February 1942, along with Commander C. P. Kryssing. He continued in Division Wiking, and later in the war he was in charge of the organization around the fight against partisans..
After the war, he was a real estate agent in North Jutland.

Number 5: The other who survived the war, and one of the more significant. Commander of the 5th Artillery department in Holbæk, he became the first commander of Free Corps Denmark. Like Thor Jørgensen, Knight of the Dannebrog. C.P. Kryssing was deposed along with 12 others in late February 1942. He continued in the Waffen SS, where he ended the war as the foreigner with the highest rank.
He lost his two sons, Jens and Niels on the Eastern Front. He himself died in 1974.

Number 6: Knud Schock, Captain in Viborg. When he heard that his good friend C. P. Kryssing had been appointed commander of Free Corps Denmark, he resigned from the Danish Armed Forces and volunteered. He became commander of the 4th Company and as Thor Jørgensen and C. P. Kryssing he was deposed in February 1942, from there he came to Rgt. Westland which was part of Div. Wiking. He participated in the fighting in the Caucasus.
He was given command of a Dutch unit (SS. Pz. Jäger Abt. 54) in the summer of 1943. He fell in the Narva suburb of Siivertsi on February 12, 1944. The widow Hedvig was deprived of his pension in 1945, but filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Finance. She won the case in 1951.

Number 7: First Lieutenant Per Sørensen. Attached to the garrison in Viborg, commander of the 1st Company and received the German Cross in gold in addition to both classes of the Iron Cross. Wounded more than 7 times during the war. He was in the last fight in Berlin, where on 24 April 1945 he received a head shot. He was buried in Berlin, and after the war his mother got the body to Løkken cemetery.

Number 8: Kaj Mogens Krogh. Free Corps Denmark, later the Schalburg Corps and commander of the 3rd SS Guard Battalion Zealand in Fredericia February 1945 to May 1945.

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