Eric Brorup

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Eric Brorup

Postby Dan E. Moe » 16 Nov 2003 09:58

Can somebody give me some info on this Dane? (Awards, rank etc)

He served in Freikorps Danmark, Nordland, Florian Geyer, Fallschirmjager-Bataillon 500 and Wiking.

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SS-Obersturmführer Erik Brorup

Postby Hans N » 16 Nov 2003 13:11

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 14 december 1917.

From 1934 to 1937. while studying för a B.A. degree, he served with a volunteer military unit known as "Kongens Livjaeger Korps" (roughly "King´s Own Rifles"). He then enlisted in the Danish Mounted Cavalry in ocktober 1937 and he was subsequently made a "kornet" (or ensign) in september 1938. He served on active duty, while making preparations to attend a military academy, until 1941.

At this point in time he was "laid off" due to German occupation but a short while later he recived an employment offer from the Waffen-SS:
a two-year enlistment contract with the official permission of his regiment "Tydske Dragon Regiment". After all his qualifications - military, academic and physical - had been thoroghly examined, he was accepted for the SS Officer´s training School at Bad Tölz and was given orders to leave for there on 15 july 1941. However, due to a shortage of good cadre personnel in the newly established Danish Legion (Freikorps Danmark) - Brorup´s Junkerschule assignment was rescinded and he was ordered to report to the Freikorps on 19 july.

This was not to his liking but he had to follow orders; several other Danish volunteers were in the same situation, including Per Sorensen (later commander of SS-Rgt.24 Danmark), who was a close personal friend of Brorup´s. Finally, on 21 january 1942, he got the opportunity to go to SS-JS Bad Tölz. His training course lasted until 8 may 1942. From 9 May to 15 july 1942 he was posted to the Freikorps Danmark replacement Battalion that was undergoing training at Posen-Treskau. His rank at the time was SS-Oberscharführer and Officer Candidate.


more will follow, haven´t got more time right now

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Postby Juha Hujanen » 16 Nov 2003 15:43

In 25th November 42 he joined 2nd Squadron of the FG Reconnaissance Battalion.He served there untill 19th April 43,and then he was transfered to 24.SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Danmark.

With FG he received EK both classes.

There's a chapter of him in Munoz-Forgotten Legions book.

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Postby Hans N » 16 Nov 2003 20:57

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark on 14 december 1917.

From 134 to 1937. while studying för a B.A. degree, he served with a volunteer military unit known as "Kongens Livjaeger Korps" (roughly "King´s Own Rifles"). He then enlisted in the Danish Mounted Cavalry in ocktober 1937 and he was subsequently made a "kornet" (or ensign) in september 1938. He served on active duty, while making preparations to attend a military academy, until 1941.

At this point in time he was "laid off" due to German occupation but a short while later he recived an employment offer from the Waffen-SS:
a two-year enlistment contract with the official permission of his regiment "Tydske Dragon Regiment". After all his qualifications - military, academic and physical - had been thoroghly examined, he was accepted for the SS Officer´s training School at Bad Tölz and was given orders to leave for there on 15 july 1941. However, due to a shortage of good cadre personnel in the newly established Danish Legion (Freikorps Danmark) - Brorup´s Junkerschule assignment was rescinded and he was ordered to report to the Freikorps on 19 july.

This was not to his liking but he had to follow orders; several other Danish volunteers were in the same situation, including Per Sorensen (later commander of SS-Rgt.24 Danmark), who was a close personal friend of Brorup´s. Finally, on 21 january 1942, he got the opportunity to go to SS-JS Bad Tölz. His training course lasted until 8 may 1942. From 9 May to 15 july 1942 he was posted to the Freikorps Danmark replacement Battalion that was undergoing training at Posen-Treskau. His rank at the time was SS-Oberscharführer and Officer Candidate.


Here is some more:

On 16 July 1942, Oscha. Brorup was sent to the 4th Squadron of the SS Mounted Rgt.3/SS Cav.Div., which was in formation at the troop training grounds in Debica, Poland. He was commissioned Untersturmführer on 1 September 1942, and by the middle of October was serving with his unit in the area around Demidov-Velish on the centeral part of the Eastern front. The fighting was of a static, positional nature.

On 25 November 1942, Ustuf. Brorup joined 2nd Squadron of the SS Reconnaissance Detachment/SS Cav. Div. and took part in the battles around Ssytschevka, Rshev and Belyi. For his performance in the fighting he recived the Iron Cross, 2nd class on 1 December 1942. From 16 December 1942 to 20 February 1943, Ustuf. Brorup and his unit were engaged in defensive fighting around Belyi and in actions against partisans and enemy elements that had been dispersed in the Belyi Battles.

From 21 to 31 March 1943, Brorup serves with the Ski Recce Platoon of SS-Kampfgruppe "Zehender" from the 8th SS Cav. Div., and took part in the fighting for the Orel River bend. On 1 April he rejoined SS Recce Det.8 and served with it in the divisional operational sector until 19 April 1943, when he was assigned to the Staff of the newly created SS-Panzergrenadier Rgt.24 "Danmark," which spent the next several months undergoing formation at the Grafenwöhr training grounds in Bavaria. He initially served with the staff company.

yet more to come later

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Postby Hans N » 17 Nov 2003 17:16

and thus i continue:

On 2 September, Rgt. Danmark was sent to Croatia with the rest of the 11th SS Div.Nordland and the III.SS Panzer Korps (Germanic). In the course of fighting Tito´s partisans in the Sisak-Petrinja area, Ustuf. Brorup was wounded on 30 October and spent the next few months in a hospital. After recovering, he returned to the 9th Co./Danmark in the Narva Bridgehead in Estonia on 16 February 1944 and took part in the heavy defensive fighting for this sector. For a time he served as acting company commander. On 16 April 1944 he was sent to join the SS Field Replacement Bn. 11/Nordland in Graz, Austria, which was engaged in training activities for new recruits and recovered wounded.

Brorup´s next assignment was with the SS Fallschirmjäger Bn. 500 at the Paratroop school 3 in Papa, Hungary, from 21 july to 8 September 1944. On 10 September he was sent to 1./Danmark which was being reformed at the Hammerstein training grounds. The Battalion was shortly reassigned to 5th SS Div WIKING instead of Nordland Div. to which the rest of the regiment was attached.

By 22 September, I./Danmark was in action with the Wiking Div to the east of Modlin in Poland and would stay in that general area for the rest of the year. On the 1st of January 1945, Wiking was committed to the first attempt to relieve Budapest, and Brorup saw action with his unit around Biszce and Tilisi Hill. On 30 January he was promoted to Obersturmführer and on the next day he was sent to the SS Armoured Recce. Det. 5/Wiking, where he became the adjutant to the unit commander, SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Vogt.

Stay tuned, more will come

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Postby Hans N » 17 Nov 2003 19:32

some more:

From 1 February to 15 March, the 5th SS Div. was engaged to the south of and around Stuhlweissenburg and then participated in a major battle for the city from 16 to 20 March 1945. From 22 to 30 March, Ostuf. Brorup´s unit was engaged in heavy retrograde fighting towards the Reich border near Heiligenkreuz. Wiking was next involved in a prolonged struggle for the border positions in eastern Austria, and for his achievements during this stage of the fighting, Ostuf. Brorup was awarded the Iron Cross, 1st class on 20 April 1945. The Division was then engaged to the south of Fürstenfeld before it proceeded to the American lines and capitulated on 8 May 1945.

Ostuf. Brorup was held in U.S. captivity from 8 May 1945 until 16 September 1947 and had no camplaints about his treatment during this time. He was transferred to British Army confinement on 17 September 1947 and was turned over to the Danish authorities on 9 November 1947. The Danish government, which had once approved the service of its citizens in the Waffen-SS, now had passed retroactive laws which made W-SS service a criminal offense. Because he was not properly repetent in the eyes of those in charge, Erik Brorup was given a 2 ½ year prison sentence in January 1948. Fortunatly 15 months of the sentence was suspended due to the fact that he had been interned in POW camps for 2½ years and he was released from imprisonment on 2 June 1948, leaving him with a lasting bitterness towards the Danish government. Soon after his release, he took up flying, something he had done earlier in his life, and his instructors were former RAF pilots.

by 1955/56, he was employed as a commercial pilot in Denmark and West Germany and in November 1956, he emigrated to Canada, becoming a bush pilot in northern Canada and the Artic regions. He would spend 11 years as a chief flying instructor and a pilot examiner. In addition to this, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces, both with an armoured reconnaissance unit and as pilot. He also worked as a park ranger. He was married in 1949 and has 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren at last count. His hobbies including cross-country skiing, hiking, bicycling, photography, military history and beer drinkning. He also holds a professional teacher´s certificate and B.A. and B.Sc. degrees. He used to have a "Ham" radio station in Denmark before getting tired of it. Although a pensioner, he still has a job in northern Canada and continues to hold a commercial pilot´s license for single engine land and seaplanes.

Ostuf. Brorup took charge of 2nd CO./SS Armoured Recce.Det.5 after the fighting at Stuhlweissenburg, but he remembers the air attack in which Stubaf. fritz Vogt was mortually wounded; it was carried out by P-47 Thunderbolts with U.S. markings and there was surprise that the USAAF was giving tactical support to the "Ivans" at this late stage of the war.

End of story

Source: Siegrunen Volume 6 Nr.2/whole Nr 32, printed in 1983.

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I can´t say if this is all true or make sense, but it´s what i have right now.

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Postby Dan E. Moe » 19 Nov 2003 16:01

What medals and awards did he receive?

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Postby Hans N » 24 Nov 2003 21:02

It´s always nice when some says "Thank you!" for the help he/she have recived and taken the time to look up the info you asked for. :?

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Postby Dan E. Moe » 25 Nov 2003 10:10

I am very sorry :oops:, I will remember that!

Thank you Hans N!

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Re: Eric Brorup

Postby Ritterkrieg » 04 May 2012 02:07

I actually knew a Eric personally. He has recently passed away in 2010 I believe. He lived in my town (Terrace, BC, Canada) after the war and contacted me after I had won a model contest with a SS SPW 250 HT.He told me of the units use of 250's as recce vehicles and many interesting stories :milwink: of his exploits during the War.

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Re: Eric Brorup

Postby Ritterkrieg » 16 Feb 2015 19:34

An update:

December 14, 1917 to January 7, 2010
Erik Brorup was born December 14, 1917 in Copenhagen Denmark, first child to Carl Brorup and Nina Brorup (nee Christiansen).
He is predeceased by his son Michael (1954), brother Knud (2006), and his sister Gyda Valeur (2009).
He is survived by his loving wife Grethe (nee Nielsen), daughters Marianne (Alan), Birgitte (Ron), Susanne (Harry) and Nina (Thomas), sister-in-law Gunvor (children Eva, Anja, Viggo) and nephew Lasse (Jette).
He served as an officer in Europe and later in the Canadian army and went on to become a bush pilot, flying instructor, school teacher and park ranger.
An avid outdoorsman, Erik was a cyclist, hiker and skier.
He and his wife Grethe moved to Terrace in 1969.
He passed away at Terraceview Lodge.
Erik Brorup leaves behind a large, devoted and loving family including his grand children Nina (Jeff), Michael (Maureen), Jennifer (Kirk), Mary (Trevor), Matthew (Joanne), Joelle (Dave), Conor, Scott, Sarah, Emma, Benjamin, Simon, Nikolas, Erika, Alex and great-grandchildren Sarah, Brittany, Madisen, Markus, Daniel, Elijah, Violet, Araya, Hyla, Bailey, Gracie, Simon and Abigail.

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Re: Eric Brorup

Postby Sarahbirgitteweston » 07 Dec 2017 05:36

This is my morfar (grandfather).


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