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ϟϟ-Untersturmführer der Waffen-SS Mooyman
SS-Rottenführer Gerardus Mooyman
Gerardus Mooyman was born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands in 1923. Mooyman was 19 years old when he volunteered for service in the Waffen-SS. Like many other Germanic volunteers, he started his career in SS-Freiwilligen-Standarte Nordwest, a unit consisted of volunteers from Flanders, the Netherlands and other Germanic countries. After completing training for SS-Panzerjäger, Mooyman transferred to SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Nederland. During the Soviet offensive in the Leningrad sector in January 1943, Mooyman, a SS-Sturmmann knocked out four T-34s and blocked a local Soviet advance. Shortly thereafter Mooyman was promoted SS-Rottenführer. Another Soviet offensive came one morning in February 1943, during which Mooyman annihilated another seven T-34s. During this engagement his SS-Geschützführer was killed, requiring Mooyman to perform his duties as well. That very afternoon came another attack during which Mooyman´s skill continued, allowing him to score another six Soviet tanks. For his contribution to halting the Soviet offensive, Gerardes Mooyman became the first first non-German to be awarded the Knight's Cross (February 20 1943). By the end of his service on the front he was credited with destroying 23 Soviet tanks and rose to the rank of SS-Untersturmführer. He was arrested at Bodegraven in March 1946, put on trial in 1947 and charged with active military collaboration for his service in the Waffen-SS. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Gerardus Mooyman died in a car accident in 1987. Credit: The Last Knight of Flanders. Image: Public domain.