Christian Peder Kryssing

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Christian Peter Kryssing
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Born July 7, 1891
Kolding
Died 7 July 1976(1976-07-07) (aged 85)
Haderslev
Allegiance  Denmark (1910-1940)
 Nazi Germany (1941-1945)
Years of service 1910–1945
Rank SS-Brigadeführe and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS
Commands held Free Corps Denmark
SS-Kampfgruppe Küste

Christian Peder Kryssing (July 7, 1891 – July 7, 1976), commonly known as C.P. Kryssing, was a Danish collaborator with Nazi Germany during World War II. An artillery officer and an ardent anti-communist,[1] he commanded the Free Corps Denmark from 1941 to 1942. He was not a member of the Danish Nazi party, the National Socialist Workers' Party of Denmark.

Kryssing became the first commander of the Free Corps Denmark June 29, 1941 but was discharged as commander on February 23, 1942 because of disagreements between him and officers in the unit who had Nazi leanings. His replacement was a pro-National Socialist Dane, Christian Frederik von Schalburg.

Kryssing was then transferred to other German units, first SS Division Totenkopf and later 5th SS Division Wiking. In February 1944 he became commander of SS-Kampfgruppe Küste but resigned in June the same year because of personal issues. Kryssing was the highest ranked foreigner in Waffen-SS as a SS-Brigadeführer.

In May 1945 Kryssing surrendered to the British forces and was handed over to the Danish Police in June 1946. On October 27, 1947 he was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for his membership of Waffen-SS but was released in May 1948. His two sons, Jens Effersøe Kryssing and Niels John Effersøe Kryssing, had been killed in battle against the Red Army in 1942 and 1944.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2010-05-15.