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Marc Rikmenspoel wrote:It is interesting that D'Haese's first name changed at various times. In the early stages of the war, according to various documents (found in Allen Brandt's The Last Knight of Flanders), he was Joris D'Haese. He sometimes is shown with the Frenach version of his name, Georges D'Haese. Finally, in the post-war years, he began using the German version, and thus he has come down in history as Georg D'Haese.
He was a volunteer for Standarte Nordwest, and came from the VNV. He became an NCO and platoon commander in the 3. Kompanie of the Legion Vlaanderen. During 1943, he was sent to the 11. Kriegsjunker Lehrgang at Bad Tölz, and graduated in the spring of 1944. In common with his classmates, he was promoted to SS-Ustuf. on June 21, 1944. A month later, he was on his way to Narva with KG Rehmann from the Langemarck Brigade. Most of the officers were killed or incapacitated after a couple of days of the Tannenberg Line fighting, that started on July 26. Rehmann went to the rear in disgrace with what Flemish veterans call "a scratch," so D'Haese, who had long front experience, took command of the Flemish battlegroup until the unit was withdrawn a few weeks later. D'Haese had the confidence of Felix Steiner, who visited the front, after Rehmann went out of action, to see who was in charge. When the flemings were withdrawn, Steiner inspected them, and removed his own DKiG and placed it on D'Haese's tunic. But D'Haese was a loyal member of the VNV, and by this stage was openly critical of German policies in Flanders, so the actual paperwork to get him the DKiG was never processed, and as far as I know, he was never promoted to Ostuf. Late in the war, he was injured in a motorcycle accident, and was in a hospital for recovery when the war ended. He went underground with his German girlfriend, and later married her, and eventually made a successful career in publishing, and then as an artist. Brandt's book doesn't make clear whether his postwar life was in Germany or Belgium, but I would guess the former, especially in light of his choice of name ("Georg").
Bart V. wrote:Georg was called Joris by the Germans, since this is the German version. His real, correct-spelled name is Georges D'Haese. Steiner assigned D'Haese to take command over the Kampfgruppe, I think he knew the quality of Georges D'Haese, because he started as a Schütze and fought in Wolchow and Leningrad in his early days. Steiner pinned his DKiG on D'Haese's chest where they met eachother in Toila (Last Knight of Flanders). He was not given the RK because he was P.U.
-Michael wrote:Bart V. wrote:Georg was called Joris by the Germans, since this is the German version. His real, correct-spelled name is Georges D'Haese. Steiner assigned D'Haese to take command over the Kampfgruppe, I think he knew the quality of Georges D'Haese, because he started as a Schütze and fought in Wolchow and Leningrad in his early days. Steiner pinned his DKiG on D'Haese's chest where they met eachother in Toila (Last Knight of Flanders). He was not given the RK because he was P.U.
Thanks for your answer, are you sure it isn't the other way around? If I'm not mistaken the name 'Georg' is more common in Germany than the name 'Joris', that I actually never heard in Germany?
-Michael wrote:Nono, you are wrong, I did some research:
Joris - Used in the Dutch language
Georg - Used in the German language
Georges - Used in the French language
D'Haese was probably born with the name 'Georges' because French names where very popular in Flanders in the 20s.
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