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    3 Danes won the RitterKreuz / Knights Cross.

    Plenty of Danes won the EKI, including von Schalburg, Sörensen, and Knud Borge Martinsen.

    Three Danes won the Ritterkreutz / Knight's Cross.

    They were:

    Søren Kam (a platoon & company commander in Reg. Germania),

    the others being Egon Christophersen (NCO in 7./Reg. Danmark)

    and Johannes Hellmers (commander of 6. Kompanie in the Dutch Reg. De Ruyter).

    Freikorps "Danmark" and SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 24

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    Danish Knight’s Cross winner SS-Obersturmführer Søren Kam

    The Danish Knight’s Cross winner SS-Obersturmführer Søren Kam photographed after the presentation of the award. Kam, a veteran of the Wiking Division, won the Knight’s Cross for bravery during the Wiking’s battles in Poland’s ‘Wet Triangle’ in front of Warsaw, and was personally presented by Hitler in February 1945, thus becoming one of the three Danes to receive this award.

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    Egon Christophersen Waffen-SS SS-Unterscharführer Group leader in the 7./SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 "Danmark" 11 July 1944

    Egon Christophersen — Wikipedia Republished // WIKI 2

    Egon Christophersen. Quite the same Wikipedia. ... Egon Christophersen (1 February 1919 – 15 January 1988) was a Unterscharführer in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was the first of three Danes to be recipients of the Knight's Cross of...

    Hellmers, Johannes

    Date of birth: October 23rd, 1918 (Allersllev, Denmark)
    Date of death: December 15th, 1999 (Saeby, Denmark)
    Nationality: Danish (1849 - present, Const. Monarchy)


    Johannes Hellmers was the most decorated Danish volunteer in the Waffen-SS. Hellmers was company commander of a Dutch company in the Netherlands SS Panzergrenadierbrigade "Nederland".

    Johannes Hellmers was born on October 23rd, 1918 on the farm Oremansgärd in the Danish town Allerslev. He graduated from school in 1934 and tried to enter a two-year agricultural education. Hellmers was enlisted to Army April 20th, 1937 and joined the agricultural School in 1938. Hellmers left for a short period the army, but in May 1939 he joined again and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. On April 9th, 1940 the German army, occupied Denmark. In Haderslev were on April 9th, 1940 three Danish light guns in position, and they opened fire on the German vehicles and troops. The Danish guns damaged three vehicles. Two of the Danes who were involved in this battle, later joined the Waffen-SS and both reached the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer. These two were Johannes Hellmers and Ole Peter Kure.

    Hellmers, Johannes -

    Free Corps Denmark Recruitment

    It is estimated that approximately 6,000 Danes served in the Free Corps Denmark. A 1998 study showed that the average recruit to Free Corps Denmark was a Nazi and/or a member of the German minority in Denmark, and that recruitment was very broad socially. Lidegaard gives the following figures for 1941: 6,000 Danish citizens had signed up and were approved for German army duty and 1,500 of these belonged to the German minority in Denmark. It should be noted, though, that half of the over 12,000 Danes that initially volunteered for active service were regarded as being not suitable for active service.

    Free Corps Denmark – Wikipedia 29 Jan 2019.

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