ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer und Generalstabsoffizier der Waffen-SS Pehrsson
Being an anti-communist, after graduating the school top of his class, Hans-Gösta Pehrsson from Karlskrona, Sweden, voluntarily joined the Waffen-SS in June 1941. In July 25 1941 he went to the Danish Volunteer-Corps Frikorps Danmark and was trained in its Danish SS-battalion. Pehrsson also passed the SS-Unterführerschule's at Posen-Treskau in 1942, after which he was promoted SS-Unterscharführer. Pehrsson was a well-known and popular leader among the Swedish Waffen-SS volunteers. In May 1942 he was flown with the Frikorps Danmark´s 2nd company (under the leadership of SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Frederik von Schalburg) to besieged Demyansk where he became an NCO. On September 10 1942 Pehrsson and the whole Frikorps Danmark received the NSDAP Honor Cross for Combatants. In 1943 Pehrsson went through SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz and became SS-Hauptsturmführer and Commander of the armored SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 of 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland during the battles of the Baltics. Other Swedish Waffen-SS officers, such as SS-Untersturmführer Heino Meyer, Rune Ahlgren and Gunnar Eklöf, were also members of this unit. SS-Obersturmführer Josef Sepp Schirmer, from the SS-Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion 11, remembered the Swede: Gösta Pehrsson was a good comrade. He was brave, caring, friendly and warm-hearted with great military knowledge and skills. He helped everyone out of trouble, even if he had to risk his life to do it. Every comrade's life was more valuable to him than his own life. He took care of his men and company. Pehrsson was awarded, among others, the rare Ehrenblatt des Heeres. A total of only 4.556 Honour Roll Clasp of the Army were awarded during World War II. Hans-Gösta Pehrsson died on March 16 1974 in Stockholm. Credit: www.eestileegion.com Source: The SS-Panzer-Aufklarungs-Abeteilung 11 Nordland. Image: SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans-Gösta Pehrsson. Courtesy of Joakim Munter.