Schrijnen, Remy

Date of birth:
December 24th, 1921 (Kumtich/Flemish Brabant, Belgium)
Date of death:
July 27th, 2006 (Hagen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
Belgian (1830-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

Remy Schrijnen joined the 'Freiwilligen-Legion Flandern der Waffen-SS' (Voluntary-Legion Flanders of the Waffen-SS) which was later renamed 'SS Freiwiligenbrigade Langemarck' and still later deployed as the '27 SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierdivision Langemarck.
Schrijnen was a Pak gunner (Panzer Abwehrkanone) in 3 Kompanie armed with the 75 mm Pak anti-tank gun.
March 1944 in northern Russia, his unit repelled a Soviet armourattack. Schrijnen was soon left alone but remained at his post. In a dramatic engagement, he destroyed three Josef Stalin and four T-34 tanks; his weapon was subsequently blown up by another tank. Schrijnen was injured but was rescued in a counterattack.
After the war he was imprisoned by the Belgian authorities and released in 1950. In 1953 he was arrested again and not released until 1953.
Quote: "Back in Flanders, 200 Flemish volunteers were executed on the spot. We weren't even granted the rights of POW's, people could do with us as they wished and they did. Not only was I attacked by angry citizens but by police also."
Remy Schrijnen died on July 27th 2006.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sturmmann
Unit:
Richt-Schütze im 3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Awarded on:
May 25th, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sturmmann
Unit:
Richt-Schütze im 3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Sturmmann
Unit:
Richt-Schütze im 3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1944
Details:
He got his Ritterkreuz on that date aswell as the promotion from SS-Sturmann to SS-unterscharführer.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Richt-Schütze im 3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Trouwkenteken R. Tollenaere
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Richt-Schütze
Unit:
3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Rex Partij Erebadge
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Richt-Schütze im 3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Richt-Schütze im 3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Richt-Schütze im 3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Richt-Schütze
Unit:
3. Kompanie/SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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