Shouldn't this man have a gong from his OWN government??

Discussion in 'The NAAFI Bar' started by Fireplace, Aug 24, 2013.

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  1. When did this happen ?

    Are the Danes quicker in their recognition than the UK ?

    Does the fact that he was deployed with a foreign force have any bearing on the matter ?

    If he has been nominated for recognition will the Danish award be considered recognition enough ?

    I agree Fireplace - brave man and a great pity that his sterling efforts did not keep the Danish Sgt alive.
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  2. Big heart....
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  3. He's done some pretty steely stuff before so I'm sure he's got Brit recognition. He'll be fucking insufferable now :)
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  4. Anders Lassen VC MC - now there's a man! A Dane(obviously) who saw service with the Buffs before serving with the Commandos/SBS/SAS.

    Died winning his VC as a 24 year old Major and is buried in the Argenta Gap cemetery, France.

    VC citation reads:
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross to: Major (temporary) Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau LASSEN, M.C. (234907), General List. In- Italy, on the night of 8/9 April 1945, Major Lassen was ordered to take out a patrol of one officer and seventeen other ranks to raid the north shore of Lake Comacchio. His tasks were to cause as many casualties and as much confusion as possible, to give the impression of a major landing, and to capture prisoners. ' No previous reconnaissance was possible, and the party found itself on a narrow road flanked on both sides by water. Preceded by two scouts, Major Lassen led his men along the road towards the town. They were challenged after approximately 500 yards from a position on the side of the road. An attempt to allay suspicion by answering that they were fishermen returning home failed, for when moving forward again to overpower the sentry, machinegun fire started from the position, and also from two other blockhouses to the rear. Major Lassen himself then attacked with grenades, and annihilated the first position containing four Germans and two machineguns. Ignoring the hail of bullets sweeping fire road from three enemy positions, an additional one having come into action from 300 yards down the road, he raced forward to engage the second position under covering fire from the remainder of the force. Throwing in- more grenades he silenced this position which was then overrun by his patrol. Two enemy were killed, two captured and two more machine-guns silenced. By this time the force had suffered casualties and its firepower was very considerably reduced. Still under a heavy cone of fire Major Lassen rallied and reorganised his force and brought his fire to bear on the third position. Moving forward himself he flung in more grenades which produced a cry of " Kamerad ". He then went forward to within three or four yards of the position to order the enemy outside, and to take their surrender. Whilst shouting to them to come out he was hit by a burst of spandau fire from the left of the position and he fell mortally wounded, but even whilst falling he flung a grenade, wounding some of the occupants, and enabling his patrol to dash in and capture this final position. Major Lassen refused to be evacuated as he said it would impede the withdrawal and endanger further lives, and as ammunition was nearly exhausted the force had to withdraw. By his magnificent leadership and complete disregard for his personal safety, Major Lassen had, in the face of overwhelming superiority, achieved his objects. Three positions were wiped out, accounting for six machine guns, killing eight and wounding others of the enemy, and two prisoners were taken. The high sense of devotion to duty and the esteem in which he was held by the men he led, added to his own magnificent courage, enabled Major Lassen to carry out all the tasks he had been given with complete success.
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  5. They got his unit wrong. 33 EOD RLC??? Jeeeesus!! I know Andy from years ago, not well, but he seemed like a good fella. Well done, brave AND classy.
  6. The article about WO1 Peat in today's Daily Telegraph states that the events being recognized by the Danes took place in January this year, during 4 Bde's tour on H17. I've had a quick look on the MOD website and the most recent Operational Honours & Awards list was for H16 and was published on 22nd March. At a guess I'd say that the list for H17 will probably be published 6 months after the last one at some point in September. Give that WO1 Peat has been the very public recipient of a Danish honour, then in my opinion he will have been written up for a comparable UK award; an MC, at the very least and quite possibly something more.
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  7. ^ Fingers crossed, then.
  8. Cutaway

    Cutaway LE Reviewer

    That'll be Peat not Lassen, eh ?
  9. Yes Peat, a fact which should have been obvious if you had read the link to that incomparably accurate broadsheet...................The Mirror. ;)
  10. I suppose this could be a little tricky as far as the MoD is concerned.

    Reward the guy for his gallantry, or punish him for repeatedly taking part in missions, with foreign forces, he was never (as I understand it) authorised to be on.

    Even though it will make you even more impossible to work with……I hope they go with the first.
  11. There's now an RLC squadron within 33 regt (921??) it's bound to have confused the media!

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  12. Good news although I'm a few days late.

    Congradulations to all.
  13. Just a gentle reminder -

    Major Anders Lassen VC MC and TWO bars.