Hellmers, Johannes

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

    Biography

    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.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obersturmführer der Reserve
    Unit:
    Chef 6. / SS-Freiwilliger-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 "De Ruyter" / 23. SS-Freiwilliger -Panzergrenadier-Brigade "Nederland"
    Awarded on:
    December 18th, 1944
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obersturmführer der Reserve
    Unit:
    Chef 6. / Freiwilliger-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 "De Ruyter"
    Awarded on:
    March 5th, 1945
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

    Sources

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    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
      - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
      - Freikorps Danmark

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