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Welcome to the Anders Lassen Foundation

The Anders Lassen Foundation is a non-profit foundation, which is under patronage by His Royal Highness The Crown Prince.

The foundation is named after one of Denmark’s top decorated soldiers in the allied forces, Mr. Anders Lassen, who posthumously was assigned the Victoria Cross after his dead between the 8 th and 9 th of April 1945.


On our Facebook Page, The Anders Lassen Foundation enlightens you of Anders Lassen’s deeds.




Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau Lasssen


Born: September 22, 1920


Father: Land Owner Emil Victor Schau Lassen

Mother: Suzanne Maria Signe, born Raben-Levetzau

Siblings: Frants Axel Lasse, 1922 and Bente, 1932



Anders Lassen’s family were very patriotic. The patriotism was mainly due to the death of

seven brothers during the wars in 1848 and 1864.

The childhood

Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau Lassen was born on September 22, 1920, at

Hoevdinggaard’s mansion located at South Zealand.

His father was landowner Emil Victor Schau Lassen and his mother, Suzanne Maria Signe Raben-Levetzau. Later on, his parents had two more children; Frantz Axel Lassen in 1922 and Bente Lassen in 1932.

It was a family with great patriotism as Anders Lassen’s great-grandfather on his father’s

side, and his brother, died in the battle at Dybboel in 1864. And two of the great-

grandfather’s other brothers died in the three-year war in 1848-1850. In fact, all the brothers related to the great-grandfather died during this period; either in war or because of typhoid.

Anders and Frantz had an amazing childhood, where they enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in the nature. They would go fishing or just spend the night. When the family moved to Baekke, Anders got an air rifle, which he began to use right away, to chase rats and minor birds.


In 1931, Anders Lassen started at Herlufsholm boarding school. However, the teachers saw him as way too “careless and carefree” and he did not do well. Still everyone at the school liked and respected him. Anders got a serious kidney inflammation, which meant that he fell behind in school and the family decided that he instead should move to another school in Lundby.

Anders Lassen just managed to pass his exam, though he had the poorest lower secondary education grades of all the graduates.

However, during his time in school, Anders Lassen discovers some completely different

skills, which means that other kids in the area favour him. A family visit awakens Anders’

interest. Gregers Ahlefeldt-Laurvig- Bille stopped by and showed the family some homemade bows and arrows. He taught Frantz and Anders Lassen to make their own bows and arrows, and encouraged them to keep hunting journals. Anders Lassen had a unique talent for archery, among other things he was very good at hitting birds in the air, and further he developed a special technique, where he sneaked up on a deer, began to run without any noise and got close to the deer before he, while running, shot the deer.

He used this technique one time during a training exercise in Scotland, where he ran close to a deer and killed it with a knife. His fellow soldiers were very happy as they now had food for the next couple of days.


Frantz and Anders was outdoor people. Mostly they did not come home at night, but neither their mother nor father were ever worried as they could always see the smoke from the boys’ bonfire and by so, they knew that they were all right.


The sailor

After his lower secondary school examination, Anders Lassen went to Ollerup Gymnastics School for a few months, before he, as only 18 years old, decided to enter the merchant fleet. He left Copenhagen onboard M/S Fionia from the Danish shipping company called OEK on January 19, 1939. During this trip, Anders Lassen describes his life at sea as a boy who is a bit bored. However, he finds his visits to other harbours exiting, and he gets to see the most beautiful places and also the not so nice places.


On March 20, 1939, M/S Fionia heads home to Copenhagen and the entire family are there to receive him at the dock May 11, 1939.


Anders Lassen gets hired at M/T Eleonora Maersk on June 21 st 1939, as an aspirant with another Danish shipping company called A.P. Moeller. As he was now a sailor, it suited him better than the previous trip. When he left Denmark, nobody knew that it would be the last time he was in the country.


The last physical contact the family had with Anders was in Hamburg in August 1939.


Suzanne Lassen visits him for four days and leaves on August 11 th 1939.


After the war broke out on September 1 st 1939, Anders writes home that he got a triple hire which he is excited about – in fact he is a bit worried about sailing to the United States as there is no risk coverage.


On April 9 th , 1940 the war seriously starts to worry Anders Lassen. Before this, he did not show much interest in the war, but when Denmark got occupied, it made Anders Lassen very angry and he saw it as his duty to fight against the Germans.


On April 9 th , 1940, the shipman on Eleonara Maersk receives a message saying they need to sail to the nearest natural, German or Italian harbour. However, the crew decided not to do so as the American shipyard told the ship to stay in international waters. They took a chance and forced the captain to sail into an allied harbour. However, this did not happen before the crew, including Anders Lassen, signed a paper saying that the crew had been disobedient to the captain.


The crew gave their consent in writing that they worked under English rules. Anders Lassen and the telegraphist tried to enter the Royal Air Force, but failed, as they didn’t accept foreigners this early in the war.


However, Anders Lassen demonstrated how good he was as a gunner, so he became the most important man on the ship when fighting against mines and submarines, which Eleonara Maersk was subjected to. Even so, Anders Lassen really wanted to fight against the Germans and he tried to get transferred from Eleonara Maersk, which didn’t happen until November in 1940. Here he got hired onboard an English ship, which brought him to

Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands.



The soldier

In 1940, on Christmas day, Anders Lassen said goodbye and travelled to Newcastle. Once again, he considered applying to the Royal Air Force, but a meeting with a Danish captain, Werner Iversen, was the reason why Anders Lassen on January 24, 1940, asked to fight in the battle against Denmark’s enemies, who was at war with Germany.

A couple of weeks later the military training began, but Anders thought it was boring and

useless. You could have wished that Anders Lassen would have been sent to Denmark as an agent for the Special Operation Executive (SOE), but his temper and personality was a

problem when working as an agent – the Germans would expose him. Additionally, Anders Lassen missed the ocean, which should be the reason for his transfer from SOE. Anders had a meeting with Captain Gustavus March-Phillips, called GUS and his second in command Geoffrey Appleyard, called Apple. These two men were about to start up a small special service, and they were looking for a young man with knowledge about the ocean. In relation, Anders Lassen’s name came up. In April 1941, he arrived to Poole in Southern England, where he was a part of the crew on the wooden ship “Maid Honor”, which should be used in a special task. However, before they could start, they had to make many exercises onboard, where Anders Lassen could use his previously learned skills. The rest of the team considered him very praiseworthy.

During Operation Postmaster in January 1942, where Duchessa d’Aosta at Fernando Po was hijacked, Anders Lassen showed resourcefulness. And before they got back to the harbour, GUS had made him a Second Lieutenant, which was a very big deal that early in the war. The Ministry of War later on confirmed the nomination.


Anders Lassen went to Africa to educate soldiers, and after a while he went back to England and got accepted to the Small Scale Raiding Force.

The Unit, who had GUS as boss, was assigned to make pinpricks operations against the

German forces on the English islands and Northern French coasts.

In 1942, Anders Lassen participates in many of these operations, and every time he

demonstrates great courage. He has an uncompromising attitude and hates the Germans with all of his heart, which he mentions in his journals several times.

However, during an operation where Anders Lassen is not present because of an injury, Gus March-Phillips dies, and Anders notes the following in his journal; “The only man I really liked and respected”. Anders Lassen is named Lieutenant in November 1942 and in

December that same year, he receives his Military Cross because of his efforts in the

Operation Postmaster as well as Barricade and Basalt.


In the beginning of 1943, Anders Lassen is transferred to the Special Air Service (SAS) under commando officer David Stirling. However, David Stirling gets captured in Libya and nobody knows the future of SAS. Eventually other people take control and the Special Boat Service is created with 230 men, and Lord Jellicoe is appointed commander of the service.

Lord Jellicoe and Anders Lassen become good friends and Anders keeps on outdoing himself during operations in the Greek archipelago. Once again, the purpose is to make small operations, to maintain forces in the area and by so exhausting the enemy’s fighting forces on other fronts.

In the summer 1943, Anders Lassen participates in the Operation Albumen at Crete. The

purpose of this operation was to attack three German airfields and create as much damage as possible. Anders Lassen’s task is to attack the airfield at Kastelli. On his team, he has three companions and they manage to make a huge attack, so huge that the Germans think they are more than just four men. The four men destroys eight aircrafts, where four of them are Ju-87 Stukas. Furthermore, they ignite large fuel bearings on the airfield.


Until mid-1944, Anders Lassen participates in more operations against Italian and German bastions located on Greek islands. The operations last several weeks before the soldiers return to their base in Lebanon to recover. Because Anders Lassen understands the local peoples worries on the islands concerning all the damage during their operations, he obtains great respect as a leader.


In August 1944, SBS and Anders Lassen arrives to Athens and later the same year, Anders Lassen and his 40-50 men get the Germans to withdraw from Saloniki. Anders delivers the

great news to the English main force that Saloniki is now liberated, and that his team is ready for replacement. The operation took almost 14 days and Anders Lassen and his crew managed to keep the 150,000 citizen calm.

From December 1944 until February 1945, Anders Lassen served as a governor at Crete. He should secure peace between the German forces and the freedom fighters on the Island, who had a non-attack agreement.

By having this agreement, the Germans could survive on the Island. In a meeting between

Anders Lassen and the German commander, the German commander told him that he was willing to surrender to Anders Lassen, but he was afraid that the British force was not big enough to secure the safety of the Germans.

Anders Lassen achieved great status on the Island after the attack on the air force in Kastelli, and the various freedom fighters supported him. However, one time freedom fighters attacked Heraklion and the English soldiers died or were badly injured. Shortly after their funeral, Anders Lassen travels with ship to Italy to participate in the battles of this region.


Grant awards








The purpose of the foundation is:


- To reward significant military work, thus support and encourage injured Danish

military personnel,


- To accommodate people who provide or have provided a special humanitarian effort,

the left behinds who are left with bad economic circumstances.


- In form of a one-off payment – to support with an economic contribution as

recognition or encouragement to members or former members of the Danish Special

Forces or their relatives.


- To ordain Anders Lassen as a role model to the Danish Special Forces and

furthermore to create an even closer relation between the special forces.


The dead in Commachio

In Italy, SBS and Anders Lassen were stationed in the coast area at Commachio. SBS should

investigate if it was possible to enter through the massive German front, which had put an

end to the advancement. It was clear that the soldiers fortified the area and it was difficult

to get information about the German defence. The allied would use SBS for a diversion

manoeuvre, and Anders Lassen got assigned with the task to enter the fortified area on

April 8 th during the night. The mission did not go as planned. It failed and during April 8 th

and April 9 th 1945, and Anders Lassen lost his life in a battle, where he saved his team

from complete extinction by sacrificing his own life.

For this bravery, Anders Lassen was assigned the Victoria Cross.

Below you can find the motivation for awarding the Victoria Cross, when it was announced

on September 7 th 1945, in the London Gazette.


The board

H.K.H. Kronprins Frederik


Christian D. Lassen


jens bach

ch fkp

Michael Hyldgaard NÆSTFORMAND

kåre R. jakobsen

ch jgk

jeppe handwerk


Nicolai Moltke-Leth



The Anders Lassen foundation is a non-profit foundation.


To keep it non-profit, the foundation shall receive more than a 100 donations every year,


which all shall meet the following requirement:


- The Donation has to be at least 200 DKK, and


- The Donation has to contain a Social Security- or CVR number.




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