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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