“Lovely, aren’t they? You’ll find the supple skin of my arms tougher than any armor. Doesn’t their shape just leave you… breathless? Behold! Such beauty! Such a pure form! Such an exquisite physique! Such stunning features! Yes, I’ve pretty much got it all. Though there is one teensy, tiny thing I lack… Namely, mercy.”
SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Frederik von Schalburg (center), commanding officer of Frikorps Danmark, surrounded by some of his men in 1942. In May 1942, the Danish volunteer unit was despatched to the front to support the Totenkopf Division and Heer units, which were involved in fierce defensive actions around Demyansk, south of Leningrad.
You know that ending scene in Air Bud where they put the dog between the kid and the old guy and whoever the dog runs to get to keep him? And it’s so suspenseful because the dog has been abused and conditioned to listen to the jerk old man
Danish SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Frederik von Schalburg, the commanding officer of Frikorps Danmark, photographed in 1942. He joined Waffen-SS in September 1940 and served with the Wiking Division during Operation Barbarossa in 1941. Just three weeks after the outbreak of war with Soviet Union he was awarded the Iron Cross Second Class and a month later the Iron Cross First Class. Schalburg led Frikorps Danmark in the fighting in Soviet Union in the spring of 1942 until he fell on 2 June 1942 at age 36.
SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Frederik von Schalburg, the commanding officer of Frikorps Danmark, giving a speech in 1942. Note the Germania cuff title worn for serving in “Regiment Germania” of the Wiking Division in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa.