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Mooijman, Gerardus Leonardus

Date of birth:
September 23rd, 1923 (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands)
Date of death:
June 21st, 1987 (Anloo, The Netherlands)
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Gerardus Mooijman enlisted as a Dutch volunteer in the spring of 1942. In January 1943 he became 'Richtschütze' PAK 97/38 in the 14./(PAK)SS-Freiwilligen Legion Niederland.
In 1943 the 14./(PAK)SS-Freiwilligen Legion Niederland was stationed in the Mga area (near Leningrad). In February 1943 numerous Soviet attacks followed and one of them hit SS-Freiwilligen Legion Nederland. During that fight, 19 year old Gerardus Mooijman destroyed 4 Russian T34's. His promotion to Sturmmann followed.
At 13th February 1943, another Soviet attack rolled over the Freiwilligen. At this date Mooijman destroyed another 7 T34's. After his 'Geschützführer' died, he took over command of his PAK.
During the night that followed the PAK crew discovered that the Russians tried to dig in a PAK in order to take them out. Therefore Mooijman took some explosives with him and blew up the Russian PAK. In the afternoon the Russians again attacked ferosiously and Mooijman took out 6 T34's again. So 19 T34's felt victim to Mooijman's gun in a few days.
After the war Mooijman was imprisoned by the Dutch authorities, but escaped in 1947 and was recaptured. He then was charged for active military collaboration and sentenced to 8 year's imprisonement.He was released in 1949.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmmann
Unit:
14.(PAK)/SS-Freiwilligen Legion Nederland
Awarded on:
February 4th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmmann
Unit:
14.(PAK)/SS-Freiwilligen Legion Nederland
Awarded on:
February 10th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmmann
Unit:
Geschützführer 14.(Panzerjäger) / SS-Freiwilligen-Legion “Nederland” / Infanterie-Division 170 / XXVI.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
February 20th, 1943
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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