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Old 09-27-2005, 01:47 PM   #1
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Hi there , can any put me in the right direction as regards finding a list of names for knights cross winners in the Latvian ss units please ? as i have been told one of them is buried in a local grave yard in the uk ???many thanks ,Michael
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Old 09-27-2005, 01:52 PM   #2
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I believe the following list is complete.

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Adamsons, Miervaldis
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS


* 29.06.1910 in Poltava, Russia.
+ 23.08.1948 in Riga, Latvian SSR (Executed by a Soviet firing squad).

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member; Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
00.00.193_ Sergeant (French Foreign Legion)
00.00.193_ Warrant Officer (Latvian Army)
01.04.1943 Legions-Untersturmführer der SS
21.06.1944 Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS
01.09.1944 Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
25.01.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS and Chef 6.Kompanie / Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 44 (lettische Nr. 6) / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2) / VI.SS-Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord, Eastern Front
21.09.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
26.03.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
25.08.1944 Nahkampfspange I. Stufe (Bronze)
14.10.1944 Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
01.09.1944 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Gold
12.04.1944 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Silber
15.09.1943 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz
26.03.1943 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”



Ancans, Roberts
Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS


* 11.11.1919 in Talsi, Latvia.
+ 01.01.1989 in the United States.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
01.09.1942 Legions-Untersturmführer der SS
25.01.1945 Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
25.01.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Untersturmführer der SS and Fhr. of a Nahkampfschule (Close Combat School) of Waffen-Feldersatz-Bataillon 19 / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2) / VI.SS-Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord, Northeastern Front
27.12.1944 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
01.04.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Nahkampfspange I. Stufe (Bronze)
00.00.194_ Panzervernichtungsabzeichen
12.10.1942 Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
27.12.1944 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Gold
05.10.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”



Ansons, Žanis
Waffen-Hauptscharführer der SS


* 04.12.1911 in Kandava Parish / District Talsi, Latvia.
+ 24.11.1968 in Kandava, Latvia.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
00.00.194_ Waffen-Hauptscharführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
16.01.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Hauptscharführer der SS and Zugfhr. in Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord, Northeastern Front (based on a recommendation
dated 09.01.1945 and signed by the Armee-Korps Kom. Gen. SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Walter Krüger)
16.10.1944 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
27.08.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
23.12.1944 Nahkampfspange I. Stufe (Bronze)
14.11.1944 Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
00.00.1943 Tapferkeits-Auszeichnung für Ostvölker I. Klasse, 2. Stufe
23.12.1944 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz
00.00.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”


Aperats, Karlis
Waffen-Standartenführer der SS


* 04.03.1892 in Riga, Latvia.
+ 16.07.1944 at the Ssinaja Bridge near Mosuli / District Opotschka as Kdr. of Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment 32 / 15.Waffen-
Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 1)(committed suicide to avoid capture by Soviet troops after being wounded. The following account of his death was contributed by Latvian historian Valdis Kursietis: “As regards his death, the 32. Gren. Reg. commanded by Aperats was surrounded by two Red Army divisions. Aperats was severely wounded in the stomach and according to a 32. Reg. doctor, had about half an hour to live. His men wanted to carry him out but he insisted that they left him and that they saved themselves. He said he knew what he had to do. As they left, they heard a pistol shot).

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
15.12.1918 Second-Lieutenant (Latvian Army)
00.03.1920 First-Lieutenant (Latvian Army)
00.00.1924 Captain (Latvian Army)
18.11.1936 Lieutenant-Colonel (Latvian Army)
00.00.194 Waffen-Obersturmbannführer der SS (mit RDA vom 18.11.1936)
21.09.1944 Waffen-Standartenführer der SS (Posthumous promotion)

Decorations & Awards:
21.09.1944 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (posthumously) as Waffen-Obersturmbannführer der SS and Kdr. Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 32 / 15.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS
(lettische Nr. 1) / VI.SS-Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord, Northeastern Front
21.09.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
22.08.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.19__ Order of the Lacplesis (Bearslayer) 3rd Class (Latvia)
00.00.19__ Order of the Three Stars, 5th Class (Latvia)
00.00.19__ Order of Viesturs, 4th Class with Swords (Latvia)
00.00.19__ Commemorative Badge of the Latvian War of Liberation


Butkus, Žanis
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS


* 27.07.1906 in Augustkalne / District Mitau, Latvia.
† 15.05.1999 in Alaska.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
30.01.1944 Legions-Untersturmführer der SS
00.00.1944 Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS
24.08.1944 Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
21.09.1944 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS and Führer of 10.Kompanie / Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon 19 / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2), Eastern
Front
28.06.1944 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as Waffen-Untersturmführer der SS in 10.Kompanie / SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Regiment 43 / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2), Eastern Front
08.08.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
26.03.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
16.06.1944 Nahkampfspange II. Stufe (Silber)
00.00.1944 Nahkampfspange I. Stufe (Bronze)(?)
12.09.1943 Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
28.04.1944 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Gold





Gaigals, Roberts
Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS


* 16.03.1913 in Twer, Russia.
+ 15.04.1982.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None – Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
13.10.1936 Private (Latvian Army)
00.04.1937 Corporal (Latvian Army)
28.07.1940 2nd-Lieutenant (Latvian Army)
00.00.1943 Legions-Untersturmführer der SS
21.06.1944 Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
04.05.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as W.Obersturmbannführerd.SS and Fhr. 6.Kompanie / Waffen-Grenadier-
Regiment der SS 42 “Voldemars Veiss” (lettische Nr. 1) / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2) / Heeresgruppe Kurland, Northeastern Front
00.00.194_ 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
00.00.194_ 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse





Galdins, Nikolajs
Waffen-Obersturmbannführer der SS


* 09.10.1902 in Riga, Latvia.
+ 05.10.1945 in Leningrad (shot in Soviet captivity).

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
12.07.1919 Private (Latvian Army)
20.11.1919 Lance-Corporal (Latvian Army)
01.09.1923 Corporal (Latvian Army)
24.12.1923 Sergeant (Latvian Army)
01.05.1924 Technical Sergeant (Latvian Army)
01.09.1924 2nd-Lieutenant (Latvian Army)
01.09.1927 1st-Lieutenant (Latvian Army)
01.02.1933 Captain (Latvian Army)
01.04.1943 Legions-Hauptsturmführer der SS
30.01.1944 Waffen-Sturmbannführer der SS
29.09.1944 Waffen-Obersturmbannführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
25.01.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Obersturmbannführer der SS and Kdr. Waffen-Grenadier- Regiment der SS 42 “Voldemars Veiss” (lettische Nr. 1) / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2) / VI.SS-Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord, Northeastern Front (based on a recommendation dated 02.01.1945 and signed by Div. Kdr. Bruno Streckenbach)
19.10.1944 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as Waffen-Sturmbannführer der SS and Kdr. Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 42 “Voldemars Veiss” (lettische Nr. 1) / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2) / VI.SS-Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps, Northeastern Front (based on a recommendation dated 27.09.1944 and signed by Div. Kdr. Bruno Streckenbach; approved by Kom. Gen. VI.SS-Frewilligen-Armee-Korps, Walter Krüger)
02.02.1944 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
21.09.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
01.09.1943 Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse mit Schwertern
00.00.194_ Nahkampfspange I. Stufe (Bronze)
00.00.194_ Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
11.09.1943 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz
18.11.1939 Verdienstkreuz des Deutschen Adlers


Reinholds, Voldemars
Waffen-Sturmbannführer der SS


* 23.06.1903 in Latvia.
+ 00.00.19 in Riga.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
00.00.194_ Waffen-Sturmbannführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
09.05.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Sturmbannführer der SS, Kdr. Waffen-Grenadier- Regiment 43 “Hinrich Schuldt” / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2), Eastern Front
28.11.1944 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse


Riekstins, Alfreds
Waffen-Unterscharführer d. R. der SS


* 30.01.1913 in Tukums-Matkule, Latvia.
+ 11.09.1952 in Kurzeme Province, Latvian SSR (as an anti-Soviet partisan, Killed in Action in a fire fight against Soviet troops).
NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [None – Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
00.00.194_ Waffen-Unterscharführer d. R. der SS

Decorations & Awards:
05.04.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Unterscharführer d. R. der SS and Zugfhr. in 1.Kompanie / Waffen-Füsilier-Bataillon Nr. 19 / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2), Eastern Front
16.02.1945 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
14.08.1944 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse




Veiss, Voldemars
Waffen-Standartenführer der SS


* 07.11.1899 in Riga, Latvia.
+ 16.04.1944 in Riga (Died of wounds).

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:
25.12.1918 Private (Latvian Army)
22.05.1919 2nd Lieutenant (Latvian Army)
00.02.1920 1st Lieutenant (Latvian Army)
00.00.1935 Captain (Latvian Army)
00.04.1937 Lieutenant-Colonel (Latvian Army)
01.04.1943 Legions-Obersturmbannführer der SS
01.08.1943 Legions-Standartenführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
09.02.1944 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Standartenführer der SS and Kdr. Lettisches Freiwilligen-Regiment 40 / 2.Lettische Freiwilligen-Brigade der SS / Generalkommando XXXVIII.Armee-Korps / Armeeoberkommando 18 / Heeresgruppe Nord, Northeastern Front (based on a recommendation dated 08.02.1944 and signed by Brig. Kdr. Hinrich Schuldt; approved 08.02.1944 by the Reichsführer-SS)
00.00.194 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
20.07.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
00.00.194_ Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz
00.00.19__ Three Stars Order (Latvia)
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Old 09-28-2005, 01:41 AM   #3
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Hi Mike!


There were 2 more Latvian RKT:-

Freimanis, Andrejs Roberts
Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS

* 21.12.1914 in Grobina
still alive in 1983 in Latvia

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member; Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]

Promotions:

00.00.1944 Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
05.05.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS and Chef 13.Kompanie / Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 44 (lettische Nr. 6) / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2) / VI.SS-Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord, Eastern Front


Sensbergs, Karlis
Waffen-Unterscharführer der SS

Decorations & Awards:
09.05.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Unterscharführer der SS
No further information known about him.

Some supplemental info on Reinholds:

Died: 04.07.1986 in Madliena
Stubaf.: 09.1944
Ostubaf.: 03.1945

Source: "Latviešu kaŗavīrs otrā pasaules kaŗa laikā", Vol. 11; 1993; Daugavas Vanagu Centrālā Valde

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Old 09-28-2005, 02:01 PM   #4
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Thanks, VJK! I have those in my records but forgot to include them in the list.

The supplemental info. is greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,
~ Mike


Here's what I have on Freimanis (mostly from his SS-Personalakte):


Freimanis, Andrejs Roberts
Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS





* 21.12.1914 in Grobina / Libau District / Latvia.

+ 10.09.1994 in Lutrini / Saldus District / Latvia (Source: www.das-ritterkreuz.de).

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]

SS-Nr.: [None - Latvian Waffen-SS volunteer]



Promotions:

16.04.1936 Private (Latvian Army)

08.09.1936 Sergeant (Latvian Army)

09.07.1937 Officer Candidate (Latvian Army)

00.00.193_ 2nd Lieutenant (Latvian Army)

24.05.1943 Legions-Untersturmführer der SS

09.11.1944 Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS



Decorations & Awards:

05.05.1945 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS and Fhr. 13.Kompanie / Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 44 (lettische Nr. 6) / 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 2) / VI.SS-Freiwilligen-Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe Kurland, Eastern Front

24.07.1944 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse

30.03.1944 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse

00.00.194_ Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz

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