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Post by Phil Don » 28 Jan 2008 17:52

Only one word: fabulous. Thank you for all theses infos and bios.

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Post by Peter J. Hertel » 28 Jan 2008 17:55

I too agree whole heartily, very outstanding biographical information and photos.

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Post by VJK » 28 Jan 2008 19:47

Hi!

Thank you for your kind remarks. I will use this thread to continue to post similar bios for the senior Latvian officers of the Latvian Legion. Here is the next one:

Kārlis DZENĪTIS-ZENIŅŠ
Standartenführer der Waffen-SS
born: 18 Feb 1892 in Kalvene parish
died: 17 May 1979 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

WWI service:
1914 - Jan 1915: Mobilised into the Czarist Army; served in the 12. Infantry Regiment
Jan 1915 - 1916: Company commander, 12. Infantry Regiment
1916 - Apr 1918: Served in the 76. Reserve Regiment
Apr 1918: Released from active duty

Latvian Army service:
7 Dec 1918 - Jan 1919: Volunteered as a 1st Lieutenant for the Latvian Army; Served in the Liepaja Defence Company
Jan 1919 - Jul 1919: Served in the 1. Engineer-Pioneer Company of the 1. Latvian Independent Battalion, later in the 3. Ind. Battalion, Liepaja Garrison Volunteer Battalion and in the 3. Jelgava Infantry Regiment
Jul 1919 - Nov 1919: Commander, II Class Landwehr Battalion
Nov 1919 - Jan 1920: Commander, Ersatz Battalion, Latgale Division
Jan 1920 - Feb 1934: Battalion commander, Intendant, 12 Bauska Infantry Regiment
Feb 1934 - Sep 1934: Chief of Staff, 12 Bauska Infantry Regiment
Sep 1934 - Sep 1935: Chief of Staff, 1 Liepaja Infantry Regiment
Sep 1935 - Oct 1935: Commander, 12 Bauska Infantry Regiment
Oct 1935 - 1937: Attended Supreme Military Academy
1937 - Feb 1938: Acting Commander, Armoured Train Regiment
Feb 1938 - June 1940: Commander, 12 Bauska Infantry Regiment
Jun 1940: Released from active duty

Promotions:
Lieutenant: Oct 1915
1st Lieutenant:
Captain: 1920
Lt. Colonel: 1924
Colonel: 1935

WWII service:
11 Jul 1943 - 27 Dec 1943: Head of Culture-Welfare Department, Generalinspektion
27 Dec 1943 - 10 Dec 1944: Kdr., Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 34 (lett. Nr. 3)
10 Dec 1944 - 1945: Verbindungsoffizier der lettischen Flüchtlinge mit Gebietsleiter Amt
1945 - 2 May 1945: Attached to the Generalinspektion staff

Latvian Awards:
Order of the Bearslayer, III Class
Order of the Three Stars, III Class
Aizsargu Cross of Merit

Other Awards:
Polish Order of Polonia Restituta III Class
Czarist Russian Order of St. Stanislaus, II Class and III Class with Swords
Czarist Russian Order of St. Anne, III Class with Swords and IV Class
EK I: 1 Jun 1944
EK II: 14 Apr 1944

Married in 1916 to Elizabete Iljinska, sons Vasilijs (1918) and Juris (1919).

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Post by Juanjo » 03 Feb 2008 11:45

Thanks Valdis

Great info!!!!!!!!

Greetings
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Post by Juanjo » 07 Feb 2008 08:56

Hi Valdis

Do you have a short bio of the following SS officers?

Sturmbannführer Otto Akmenkalejs
Standartenführer Augusts Apsitis-Apse
Obersturmbannführer Alexanders Argals

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Post by Phil Don » 07 Feb 2008 10:01

Hi Juanjo

For Staf Augusts APSITIS - APSE, try this site (sorry in latvian) with his bio and a photo.
http://www.jzb.lv/index.php?1&44&comman ... recid=1219

For Ostubaf Alexanders ARGALS, try this old topic with a brief bio and a photo
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 45&start=0

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But I'm sure than Valdis have better

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Post by VJK » 08 Feb 2008 00:06

Hi!

Augusts APSĪTIS-APSE
Standartenführer der Waffen-SS
born: 21 Dec 1895 in Rozēnu parish
died: 3 Jan 1947 in Vorkut labour camp

WWI service:
May 1915: Joined the Russian Army, served in the 172. Reserve Regiment
Jun 1916: Graduated from Oranienbaum Cadet School, served in the 157. Reserve Regiment, later in the I. Regiment of the Peter the Great Naval Fortress in Rewal and the 16. Inf. Reg. in Galizia
Oct 1917: Transferred to the 8. Valmiera Latvian Rifle Regiment
Feb 1918: Released from active duty

Latvian Army service:
10 Dec 1918: Joined the Latvian Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Company
Feb 1919 - Apr 1919: Commander, Tāšu Padure Volunteer Company
Apr 1919 - Aug 1919: Company commander, 1. Independent Battalion
Aug 1919 - 20 Nov 1919: Served in the 1. Liepaja Infantry Regiment
20 Nov 1919 - 1922: Battalion commander, 3. Jelgava Infantry Regiment
1922 - 1925: Battalion commander, 2. Ventspils Infantry Regiment
1925 - Jan 1929: Battalion commander, later Intendant, 3. Jelgava Infantry Regiment
Jan 1929 - Aug 1934: Deputy commander, 1. Liepaja Infantry Regiment
Aug 1934 - Oct 1940: Commander, 3. Jelgava Infantry Regiment
Oct 1940: Released from active duty

Promotions:
Lieutenant: Oct 1917
1st Lieutenant:
Captain: Jul 1919
Lt. Colonel: Mar 1920
Colonel: 1929

WWII service:
15 Jul 1943 - Dec 1943: Kdr. Lettische SS-Freiwilligen Regiment Nr. 5 (renamed SS-Freiw. Gren. Rgt. 34 (lett.Nr.3) on 22 October 1943)
10 Jan 1944 - Jul 1944: Kdr. SS-Freiwilligen und Ausbildungs Regiment Nr. 3
Jul 1944 - Oct 1944: Kdr., Wehrmeldeamt Riga
Oct 1944: Released from active duty due to ill-health

Arrested in Courland on 13 May 1945, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Dec 1945.

Latvian Awards:
Order of the Bearslayer, III Class
Order of the Three Stars, III Class
Order of Viesturs II Class with Swords
Aizsargu Cross of Merit

Other Awards:
Lithuanian 10 Year Independence Commemoration Medal

Married in 1923 to Marija Olga Budēle, sons Daumants (1924-1995), Gunārs (1926-1963) Imants Augusts (1929-1993), Tālivaldis (1936-1996), daughter Balva Skaidrīte (1928).

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Post by VJK » 08 Feb 2008 00:38

Aleksandrs ĀRGALIS
Obersturmbannführer der Waffen-SS
born: 7 Sep 1894 in ViĮķene parish
died: 7 Mar 1980 in Seattle, USA

WWI service:
Jun 1916 - Oct 1916: Mobilised into the Russian Army, assigned to the Tbilisi War Academy, graduated in Oct 1916
Oct 1916 - Feb 1917: Served in the 221. Reg. of the Transcaucasus Brigade in Batumi
Feb 1917 - Feb 1918: Served in the 7. Regiment of the 2. Caucasus Division
Feb 1918: Released from active duty

Latvian Army service:
3 Jun 1919 - Jul 1919: Joined the Latvian Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Reserve Battalion of the Northern Latvia Brigade
Jul 1919 - Aug 1919: Served in the 4. Sigulda Infantry Regiment
Aug 1919 - Mar 1920: Served in the 6. Riga Infantry Regiment
Mar 1920 - Aug 1921: Company commander, 6. Riga Infantry Regiment
Aug 1921: Released from active duty
Dec 1926 - 1928: Recalled into service as acting chief of the Aviation Regiment Repair Factory
1928 - 1931: Chief Engineer, Aviation Regiment
1931 - Oct 1940: Chief of Technical Branch, Aviation Regiment
Oct 1940: Released from active duty

Promotions:
1st Lieutenant: Jan 1918
Captain: 1921
Lt. Colonel: 1929

WWII service:
1943 - ? : Chief of Motor Transport Section, 15. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 1)

Latvian Awards:
Order of the Bearslayer, III Class
Order of the Three Stars, IV Class
Order of Viesturs, III Class with Swords
Aizsargu Cross of Merit

Married to Ella Šemekle.

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Post by VJK » 08 Feb 2008 00:53

Hi!

Very little info available on Akmenkalejs:

Otto AKMEŅKALEJS
Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS
born: 19 Sep 1905 in Jaunpagasts parish
died:

WWII service:
22 Jul 1943 - May 1945: Kdr. SS-Panzerjäger Abteilung 19

Other Awards:
EK I: 3 Aug 1944
EK II: 16 Feb 1943

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Post by Juanjo » 08 Feb 2008 08:20

Thanks Valdis and Phil

Best regards
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Post by Phil Don » 12 Feb 2008 14:33

Hi VJK

Do you have info and bio on Ostubaf Konstantins MUCENIEKS, Stubaf KRIMULDENS Alfrēds (rgt 33) and LAZDUZIEDS Jēkabs (rgt 33).

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Post by VJK » 13 Feb 2008 21:44

Hi Phil!

Again, not a lot of detail:

Konstantins MUCENIEKS
Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS (not Ostubaf.)
born: 16 Dec 1903 in Riga
died:

Promotions:
Sturmbannführer: 30 Jan 1945

WWII service:
Kdr. III Battalion, Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 34 (lett. Nr. 5)


Alfrēds KRIMULDENS
Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS
born: 17 Feb 1906
died:

Promotions:
Sturmbannführer: 30 Jan 1945

WWII service:
Kdr. 3. Kp., 16. Schuma Battalion
Mar 1943 - ? : Deputy Commander, SS-Nachschubtruppen 15
Kdr. III Battalion, Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 33 (lett. Nr. 4)


Jēkabs LAZDUZIEDS
Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS
born: 13 Aug 1904 in Riga
died: 6 Apr 1990

WWII service:
Jun 1943 - ? : Kdr. 1. Company, Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 34 (lett. Nr. 5)
Aug 1944 - ? : Kdr. I Ausbildungs Battalion
? - 25 Jan 1945: Kdr. I Battalion, Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 34 (lett. Nr. 5)
25 Jan 1945 -4 Feb 1945: Kdr. II Battalion, Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 33 (lett. Nr. 4)
4 Feb 1945 - Apr 1945: Kdr. I Battalion, Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 33 (lett. Nr. 4)

Other Awards:
EK I: 24 Mar 1945
EK II: 22 Feb 1944

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Post by Phil Don » 14 Feb 2008 09:18

Thank you VJK

Do you know who could be the Oberführer on the Mucenieks' picture. At the beginning I was thinking to SILGAILIS but more I see him and more I have doubts.

For MUCENIEKS I have for his DoD 19/04/1945 so I suppose killed in action.

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Post by VJK » 14 Feb 2008 09:31

Hi Phil!

The Oberführer is Nikolaus Heilmann. As regards Mucenieks DoD, the only info I have is that he was MIA.

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Janis Krumins

Post by rkrumins » 21 Sep 2008 23:10

Hi VJK,

I am trying to trace our family tree but am in Australia which makes it rather difficult.

Do you have any other information regarding Janis Krumins' parentage or a source where I can look?

Many thanks

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