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Jacques Leroy

Given NameJacques
Born10 Sep 1924
Died5 Aug 1996
CountryBelgium, Germany


ww2dbaseJacques Leroy was born in Binche, Henegouwen (French: Hainaut) Province, Belgium in 1924. During the war, he volunteered for German military service and was assigned to the Waffen-SS as a member of 69th Panzer Granadier Regiment of 28th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Wallonien. He was promoted to the rank of SS-Sturmmann in Nov 1943 and was awarded the Iron Cross medal in 1944. On 20 Apr 1945, he was promoted the rank of SS-UntersturmfĂĽhrer and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross while fighting against Soviet forces deep within German borders. In the fray of the final days of the war, however, no written record survived of such an award. Fellow war time German collaborator and former commanding officer of the division, LĂ©on Degrelle, confirmed the award in 1973 while in Spain. Leroy passed away in Siegsdorf in southern Germany in 1996.

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Last Major Revision: Dec 2016

Jacques Leroy Timeline

10 Sep 1924 Jacques Leroy was born in Binche, Henegouwen (Hainaut) Province, Belgium.
8 Aug 1944 Jacques Leroy was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class.
11 Nov 1944 Jacques Leroy was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class.
20 Apr 1945 Jacques Leroy was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, but no written record survived the war about this award.
8 Dec 1973 While in exile in Spain, LĂ©on Degrelle confirmed Jacques Leroy's Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross award, back dated to 20 Apr 1945.
5 Aug 1996 Jacques Leroy passed away in Siegsdorf, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany.

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1. Anonymous says:
6 Nov 2017 10:56:50 PM

he is a great army man.
2. Keir says:
15 Apr 2021 06:51:09 AM

I read this guys interview with Laurence Rees from the book 'Their Darkest Hour'. A brave young man with sincerity even if you disagree with his views.
3. J-F says:
27 Apr 2022 08:12:41 AM

Jacques Leroy était mon Beau-Père de fin 80 jusqu'à son décès. Fier de son passé, ses choix et ses convictions, il en a bavé comme beaucoup pendant cette période. Lors de la campagne Russe il a reçu une rafale de mitrailleuse légère par un tireur isolé posté en haut d'une colline, ce qui lui a valu la perte de son bras droit (amputation) et son œil droit (Il a porté un œil de verre par la suite). Malgré cela il est reparti se battre dès qu'il a pu. Lors d'une garde/patrouille son binôme s'est prit une balle dans la tête à coté de lui. D'après Jacques sa survie s'est jouée à la taille, l'autre était plus grand que lui. Son frère est mort non loin de lui dans mes souvenirs. Il me disait toujours ressentir son bras. Jacques n'aimait pas trop parler de la guerre. Il vouait une grande admiration à Léon Degrelle. Il préparait ses mémoires lorsqu'il était avec ma mère (Francesca Frattini/Leroy), je ne sais pas s'il a réussi à terminer le livre prévu. Une véritable tête de mule avec un caractère de cochon mais un homme très courageux. Voila pour mes maigres souvenirs à partager.

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