234907 Anders Frederick Emil Victor Schau LASSEN, VC, MC**, 62 Commando, SAS, SBS

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  1. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    I've been wanting to draw Lassen VC for some time, this is him 1/2 way through, the drawing is more subtle than my scan
     

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  2. Jakob Kjaersgaard

    Jakob Kjaersgaard Senior Member

    Very nice portrait, spot on.

    Heard they were planning on making a film about him.
     
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  3. soren1941

    soren1941 Living in Ypres

    And the end product!

    Thanks for looking!
     

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    Personal Number: 234907
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Name: Anders Frederick Emil Victor Schau LASSEN, VC, MC*
    Unit: Special Boat Squadron


    London Gazette : 28 January 1943

    London Gazette : 8 October 1943

    London Gazette : 7 September 1945
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37254/supplement/4469/data.pdf
    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.

    London Gazette : 21 February 1946
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37476/page/1049/data.pdf
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field: —
    The Military Cross
    Second Lieutenant Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau LASSEN (234907), General List (to be dated 7th December, 1942).

    London Gazette : 27 June 1947
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37997/supplement/2933/data.pdf
    INFANTRY.
    The Buffs.
    War Subs. Lt. A. F. E. V. S. LASSEN, V.C., M.C. (234907) (now dec'd) from Gen. List to be War Subs. L t., 1st Mar. 1943, and receives pay and allces. from Army Funds.
     
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  5. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Well-Known Member

    Came across this Danish Special Forces memorial website of the Anders Lassen Foundation; it is partly dedicated to;
    There is a detailed biography and the opening webpage has soren1941's portrait! She has not been here since 2015.
    Link: Home_UK

    There are several posts on him scattered around this website.
     
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    Recommendation for Award for Lassen, Anders Frederic Emil Victor Schau Rank: ... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/93/1440
    Name Lassen, Anders Frederic Emil Victor Schau
    Rank: Second Lieutenant
    Service No: 234907
    Regiment: Small Scale Raiding Force
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: The London Omnibus List For gallant and distinguished Services in the Field
    Award: Military Cross
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 28 January 1943


    Recommendation for Award for Lassen, Andreas Frederick Emil Victor Shau Rank: ... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/47/545
    Name Lassen, Andreas Frederick Emil Victor Shau
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment: General List while with the Special Boat Squadron 1 SAS Regiment
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Middle East (Special Operations)
    Award: Second Bar to Military Cross
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 21 February 1946
     
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    Recommendation for Award for Lassen, Anders Fredrick Emil Victor Schau Rank: ... | The National Archives
    Reference: WO 373/47/530
    Name Lassen, Anders Fredrick Emil Victor Schau
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: 239807
    Regiment: General List
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Italy
    Award: Victoria Cross
    Date of announcement in London Gazette: 07 September 1945


    London Gazette : 7 September 1945
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37254/supplement/4469/data.pdf
    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 8th/9th 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 Oomacchio.

    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, machine-gun 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 machine-guns. Ignoring the hail of bullets sweeping the 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 fire power was very con
    siderably 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 over-whelming 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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    Casualty
    Major LASSEN, ANDERS FREDERICK EMIL V. SCHAU
    Service Number 234907
    Died 09/04/1945
    Aged 24
    Special Boat Service, S.A.S. Regiment, A.A.C.
    V C, M C and 2 Bars
    Son of Emil Victor Schau Lassen and Suzanne Maria Signe Lassen, of Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    INSCRIPTION: KAEMP FOR ALT HVAD DU HAR KAERT DO OM SAA DET GAELDER DA ER LIVET EJ SAA SVAERT DODEN IKKE HELLER
    Buried at ARGENTA GAP WAR CEMETERY
    Location: Italy
    Number of casualties: 618
    Cemetery/memorial reference: II, E, 11.
    See cemetery plan
     
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