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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