ϟϟ-Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS von Schalburg

SS-Sturmbannführer von Schalburg
Danish Christian Frederik von Schalburg was born in Zmeinogorsk, Tomskaja Gubernija Russian Empire on April 15 1906. Still a boy von Schalburg received a military education in the Tsar's cadet corps and lived in Russia until the October Revolution of 1917 when he fled with his family to Denmark. These dramatic events caused him to feel a burning hate of communists. In September 1940 with the consent of the Danish army and the king, von Schalburg joined the Waffen-SS and served with SS-Division Wiking as a SS-Hauptsturmführer. He was awarded the Iron Cross of 1st and 2nd class while serving in Division Wiking in the Ukraine. On March 1 1942 he was given command of the Danish Volunteer-Corps Frikorps Danmark now ranked SS-Sturmbannführer. On May 8 1942 von Schalburg was flown by Junkers Ju 52 with parts of the corps into the Demyansk Pocket. On June 2 1942 von Schalburg initiated the first offensive operation of Frikorps Danmark. In an attempt to monitor the progress of the battle, von Schalburg advanced towards the front line, but stepped on a mine and was moments later killed by shrapnel from a Russian artillery shell. The subsequent rescue of his corpse revealed extensive injuries including a leg torn off at the hip and a missing foot. On the same day posthumously promoted SS-Obersturmbannführer. Image: SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Frederik von Schalburg. Credit: The Unknown Eastern Front. Fair use.

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