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Old 04-06-2014, 02:33 AM   #20
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Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau Lassen VC, MC & 2 Bars (22 September 1920 – 9 April 1945) was a highly decorated Danish soldier who was a recipient of the British Victoria Cross in the 2nd World War.. He was posthumously awarded the UK's highest gallantry award for his actions on 8 April 1945 at Lake Comacchio in Italy in the final weeks of the Italian Campaign..The Danish officer was ordered to lead a raid that would give the impression that a major landing was being undertaken. Lassen fulfilled his mission in the face of overwhelming enemy numbers by single-handedly taking out 3 enemy positions before being mortally wounded.. As his men's lives would be endangered in the withdrawal, he refused to be evacuated from the area..Anders Lassen was the son of Emil Victor Schau Lassen and Suzanne Maria Signe Lassen, of Nyhavn, Copenhagen (he was a first cousin of Axel von dem Bussche; a German Resistance member who unsuccessfully tried to kill Adolf Hitler in 1943)..In early 1943, No. 62 Commando was disbanded and its members dispersed amongst other formations. Lassen was among a number who went to the Middle East to serve in the Special Boat Section, then attached to the Special Air Service.. Others joined the 2nd SAS under the command of Bill Stirling, elder brother of David Stirling.. During his time in the SBS, Lassen rose in rank to become a Major by October 1944. During his service he fought in North-West Europe, North Africa, Crete, the Aegean islands, mainland Greece, Yugoslavia and Italy. He was awarded 2 further bars to his Military Cross on 27 September 1943 and 15 February 1944...

The Special Boat Service (SBS) is the special forces unit of the Naval Service of the United Kingdom. Together with the Special Air Service, Special Reconnaissance Regiment and the Special Forces Support Group they form the United Kingdom Special Forces and come under joint control of the same Director Special Forces..The SBS can trace their origins to the 2nd World War, when they were formed as the Special Boat Section in 1940. They became the Special Boat Squadron after the Second World War and the Special Boat Service in the 1980s..The Special Boat Section was founded in July 1940 by a Commando officer, Roger Courtney. Courtney became a commando recruit in mid-1940, and was sent to the Combined Training Centre in Scotland. He was unsuccessful in his initial attempts to convince Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger Keyes and later Admiral Theodore Hallett, commander of the Combined Training Centre, that his idea of a folding kayak brigade would be effective.. He decided to infiltrate HMS Glengyle, a Landing Ship, Infantry anchored in the River Clyde. Courtney paddled to the ship, climbed aboard undetected, wrote his initials on the door to the captain's cabin, and stole a deck gun cover.. He presented the soaking cover to a group of high-ranking Royal Navy officers meeting at a nearby Inveraray hotel.. He was promoted to captain, and given command of 12 men, the first Special Boat Service/Special Boat Section..PAshDown served in Borneo during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation and the Persian Gulf before training as a Swimmer Canoeist in 1965..The Helsinki documents involve political and moral commitments aimed at lessening tension and opening further the lines of communication between peoples of East and West..Lassen is buried at the Argenta Gap war cemetery grave II, E, 11.. His VC medal is on display at the Frihedsmuseet (Museum of Danish Resistance) in Copenhagen, Denmark... promised ABraham that he would not destroy Sodom if he could find 10 righteous men..I have a feeling that for G it may come down to 1..The Valkyrie; handmaidens of the G's, choosing who will live and who will dye, sparing the most heroic from an agonizing D..One cannot understand NatIONal 19ocialism if one does not understand 23AGner...

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