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    Ukrainian-Danish Count and Waffen-ϟϟ Commander Christian Frederick von Schalburg

    Christian Frederick von Schalburg was the second commander of Freikorps Danmark. Schalburg had no problems in getting along with the Germans. Born in the town of Zmilingorsk in Ukraine son of a Danish father and a Ukrainian mother (maiden name: Semenivs'ka), he grew up in a Danish-German-Ukrainian community in Ukraine and later in Saint Petersburg.

    As a teenager he joined the Czarist cadet corps, but fled the country with his family after the Bolshevik take over. Taking refuge in Denmark, Schalburg enlisted in the Royal Life Guard and worked his way up to the rank of Captain.

    With the outbreak of the Russo-Finnish war, Schalburg organized a Danish volunteer battalion to fight on the side of the Finns. After the German occupation of Denmark in April 1940, Schalburg became one of the first volunteers for the new ϟϟ-Standarte "Nordland".

    During the first nine month on the Eastern Front, he came under fire many times and led battle groups in several engagements. He carried out hazardous intelligence missions on his own initiative as well, relying on his knowledge of Ukrainian and Russian languages to take him behind enemy lines.

    As a result he was quickly awarded both classes of the Iron Cross. The commander of the ϟϟ Division Wiking, Gruppenführer Felix Steiner, considered him one of the most capable, intelligent and totally courageous men in the Division, and for that matter, the entire Waffen-ϟϟ.


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