ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer der Waffen-SS Pehrsson
Swedish SS-Untersturmführer Hans-Gösta Pehrsson became Commander of the armored SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 of 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland during the battles of the Baltics. Pehrsson led his company through the retreat from Kurland to Stettin (Pomerania) and on to Berlin. One of his fellow soldiers remembered SS-Obersturmführer Hans-Gösta Pehrsson this way: The place was called Trekni. Pehrsson received an order for the 3rd company directly from SS-Brigadeführer Joachim Ziegler: Attack! Conquer one strategically important point and keep it until the last men are alive!' [October 16 to 19 1944] After the attack, once we had driven the enemies away from the upland and occupied their bunkers, only a few men from Pehrsson's company had remained. It was terrible bloodshed, one-on-one. The Russians knew what was at stake and tried to use all possible means to reconquer the upland. For four days we tried to stay strong and beat off the enemy's attacks. On the fifth day we had to retreat. Pehrsson's command point was about 100 meters behind the bunker line. I'll never forget the moment he saw us. He yelled: Cowards, go back!, and then he led his MG to attack and we followed him. We surprised the Russians, who were certain of their win, with 12 men. Russians had not seen it coming and we managed to capture more than 100 Russians. In April 1945, Pehrsson became deputy commander and Ic (intelligence section) of Nordlands HQ´s staff. He was captured by the Soviets during the final Battle of Berlin, but managed to escape and returned back to Sweden in 1945. Pehrsson ended the war having been awarded a row of decorations; Eisernen Kreuzes 1, Nahkampfspange Silber (Close Combat Clasp Silver), Ehrenblatt des Deutschen Heeres (a total of only 4.556 Honour Roll Clasp of the Army were awarded during World War II), Panzerkampfabzeichen mit Einsatzzahl 25 (Panzer Assault Badge 25), Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen (Infantry Assault Badge) and Verwundetenabzeichen Silber (Wound Badge Silver). Credit: www.eestileegion.com Image: SS-Untersturmführer, later promoted SS-Hauptsturmführer, Pehrsson at the Narva Front in 1944. Public domain.
Labels: C:IV Battle of the Baltics 1944