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Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front - Fighting with Hitler's Latvian SS (2008)
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Genre Non-Fiction
Subject Blosfelds, Mintauts, 1924-1987; Latvia - History - German occupation, 1941-1944; Soldiers - Latvia - Biography; Waffen-SS. Lettische SS-Freiwilligen-Legion; World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Eastern Front; World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives, Latvian; World War, 1939-1945 - Regimental histories - Germany; World War, 1939-1945 - Regimental histories - Latvia
Publication Date 6/22/2008
Format Hardcover (9.3 x 6.1 mm)
Publisher Pen and Sword
Language English
Extras Dust Jacket; Dust Jacket Cover
Description
Following the conquest of his native Latvia by the Nazis, the author was given the stark choice: service in the SS or forced labour in a slave camp. So he 'volunteered' to fight for the Nazis. He describes his training and how he became an instructor before being sent into Russia. He nearly perished during the terrible winter of 1943-44 being wounded and finding himself with his friend lying dead on top of him. As the tide turned and the Russians advanced remorselessly through. He was wounded twice more and awarded the Iron Cross for bravery.With German resistance collapsing, the author had to flee for his life - capture by the Russians meant almost certain death. He surrendered to the Americans but describes the neglect he suffered at their hands. Unable to return to Latvia now occupied by the Russians, he became a Displaced Person eventually settling in the UK.
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Store Alibris
Purchase Price $21.05
Condition Very Good/Very Good
Rating 0
Links Library of Congress
Product Details
LoC Classification D757.85 .B55 2008
Dewey 940.54217092
ISBN 9781844157204
Cover Price $19.99
No. of Pages 224
First Edition No
Rare No
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