First of all I like this thread, thanks KameradenPanzer Mooyman wrote:"Gerardus Mooyman:
Sturmann Gerardus Mooyman, became the first West European volunteer to receive the Knight's Cross decoration after singlehandedly destroying 13 Soviet tanks in one day in February 1943.
On 13 February 1943 a 20-year old Dutchman single-handedly knocked out 13 Soviet tank's with his French made PaK 97/38 during the attack in the Lake Ladoga area. Gerardus Mooyman a volunteer with the Waffen-SS Freiwilligen-Legion Niederlands became the first non-German to be awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. By his own admission however Gerardus was a rather unenthusiastic soldier and was sulking in a bunker when the Soviet forces attacked. A German officer attached to the Dutch Legion practically dragged him out by his ear and the angry young Dutchman vented his fury on the advancing Soviet armour."
There's also a story Mooyman singlehanded destroyed a soviet cannon the night before the 13th. The Soviets were dugging in an anti-tank cannon after the first wave of attacks were repelled by the Dutch. Mooyman crawled to the position and placed some explosions.
The last story is a bit in contrast with his actions on the 13th. I hope someone has a better source and can clear this out.
(looking forward to read this thread :) )
For now I toatally agree with Mooyman
+ Ustuf. Kurt Schumacher - RK 04 May 1944
Destroyed 13 T34's in one day, 11 of them in one action during the
Tscherkassy outbreak. Recieved the RK and was promoted to
Hstuf and Kompanie-fuhrer 3./PzReg 5. He is MIA since the battles in
+ Ostuf. Karl Nicolussi-Leck - RK 09 April 1944
As Kompanie-fuhrer 8./PzReg 5 he tried to reach Kowel. Was given
orders to return, but ignored them. He had a choice between suc-
ceeding or failure which could give him a RK or courtmartial. He
and 5 other Panthers reached Kowel and its commander Gfuh. Gille
who was CO of 5.SS-PzDiv at the time. Nicolussi-Leck was awarded
the RK and Gille the brilliants to his RK eichenlaub with schwerten.
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