- Service No:
- Date of Death:
- Special Boat Service, S.A.S. Regiment, A.A.C.
- V C, M C and 2 Bars
II, E, 11.
ARGENTA GAP WAR CEMETERY
- Additional Information:
- Son of Emil Victor Schau Lassen and Suzanne Maria Signe Lassen, of Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Personal Story:
Anders was born in Copenhagen in 1920 and through his service
with the Danish Merchant Navy came to England after the German
invasion of his homeland. He served with Royal Marine Commandos,
the Special Boat Service and the Special Air Service in numerous
raids and operations throughout the war.
On 8/9 April 1945 he was ordered to attack German positions on the
bank of Lake Comacchio, Italy. Despite being wounded he led his men
to capture and destroy the enemy defences. His men were forced to
withdraw but he refused to be evacuated as he would have slowed
their retreat. He continued to resist to the end and was
posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.
He is buried in Argenta Gap War Cemetery, Italy.
The London Gazette of 4th September, 1945, gives the following particulars: In Italy, on the night of 8th/9th April, 1945, Major Lassen was ordered to take out a patrol and raid the north shore of Lake Comacchio. His task was to cause casualties, capture prisoners and give the impression of a major landing. The patrol was challenged and came under machine-gun fire. Major Lassen himself attacked with grenades and silenced two enemy posts, capturing two prisoners and killing several Germans. The patrol had suffered casualties and was still under fire. Major Lassen moved forward and flung more grenades into a third enemy position, calling upon the enemy to surrender. He was then hit and mortally wounded, but whilst falling he flung a grenade, wounding more of the enemy and enabling his patrol to capture this last position. Finally, he refused to be evacuated lest he should impede the withdrawal and endanger further lives. His 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 with complete success all the tasks he had been given.