|SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers (Hans-Caspar Kreuger)|
Swedish SS-Untersturmführer and Kriegsberichter Hans-Caspar Kreuger with his driver in Narva after the Soviet bombing raid of March 1944. Kreuger's Pan-European articles and writings frequently appeared in the Scandinavian press and was widely published in newspapers throughout Europe. According to various accounts Kreuger was fluent in 6 languages (Swedish, German, English, French, Spanish and Russian). He volunteered in the Russo-Finnish Winter War and enlisted with the Waffen-SS in July 1941 (he was also a member of the Allgemeine-SS). After graduating from the SS-Junkerschule at Bad Tölz he served with 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking. Kreuger participated in the break-out of Korsun-Cherkassy after denying orders to leave with the last plane out of the pocket. Kreuger then fought in the Narva bridgehead with 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland. In April 1945 SS-Untersturmführer Kreuger took on one last assignment, he joined the French Sturmbataillon (33.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Charlemagne) during its struggle in the battle for Berlin. Kreuger survived and with the help of a U.S. Army Captain he was able to leave captivity and immigrate to Argentina with four other Scandinavian Waffen-SS comrades. Kreuger later returned frequently to Europe to attend Waffen-SS veteran's reunions. Hans-Caspar Kreuger was born in Alingsås, Sweden in 1902 and died in a car accident at an un-monitored railroad crossing in Buenos Aires on November 15 1977. Image: Public domain.
Labels: C:III Battle of the Baltics 1944