SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

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SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by VJK » 27 Feb 2008 16:59

Hi!

Information about the SS-Artillerie Regiment 15 is rather sketchy, because the majority of the regiment's documents were destroyed in the Danzig encirclement.

SS-Artillerie Regiment 15 (lett. Nr. 1):
Formed as Artillerie Regiment 15 der 15. (lett.) SS-Freiw. Division from Artillerie-Regiment Mitau on 7 June 1943. Renamed SS-Artillerie Regiment 15 (lett. Nr. 1) on 22 October 1943.

Kdr.:
7 Jun 1943 - 1944: Waffen-Oberführer Voldemārs Skaistlauks
1944 - 8 Sep 1944: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Nikolajs Katiševs
8 Sep 1944 - May 1945: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Kārlis Rēbergs

Adjutant:
7 Jun 1943 - 1944: Waffen-Sturmbannführer Kristaps Insbergs
1944 - 1945: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Hermanis Gūtmanis

Staff Battery:
Jun 1943 - 1944: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Paulis Švarcbachs

I Abteilung:
Kdr.:
Jul 1943 - 14 Jan 1944: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Eduards Griķis
14 Jan 1944 - Jul 1944: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Karlis Rēbergs
Jul 1944 - 29 Jan 1945: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Aleksandrs Mateass
29 Jan 1945 - 3 Feb 1945†: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Egons Eglīte
3 Feb 1945 - 1945: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Jānis Tūte

Adjutant:
Waffen-Obersturmführer Elmārs Ģērmanis

III:
Waffen-Untersturmführer Arnolds Šteinbergs

IVA:
Waffen-Untersturmführer Frīdrichs Elaus

IVB:
Waffen-Obersturmführer Tālivaldis Kisle

1. Battery
1944 - 3 Feb 1945: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Jānis Tūte
3 Feb 1945 - 1945: Waffen-Untersturmführer Rudaks

2. Battery
1944 - 10 Feb 1945: Waffen-Obersturmführer Artūrs Plūme
10 Feb 1945 - 1945: Waffen-Untersturmführer Artūrs Puriņš

3. Battery
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Ernests Keselis
9 Feb 1945 - 1945: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Jānis Piksis

Staff Battery
1944 - 9 Feb 1945: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Grosbergs

II Abteilung:
Kdr.:
Jul 1943 - ? : Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Edgars Bērziņš
Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Nikolajs Katiševs
1944 - ? : Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Eduards Ozoliņš
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Eduards Strauts

4. Battery
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Eduards Strauts

6. Battery
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Ernests Zenķis
Waffen-Obersturmführer Pēteris Ūbelis

III Abteilung:
Kdr.:

31 Jul 1943 - ? : Waffen-Sturmbannführer Alfreds Liniņš
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Ernests Keselis
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Osvalds Strauts

III:
Waffen-Sturmscharführer Čikste

7. Battery
Waffen-Obersturmführer Lielkājs

8. Battery
Waffen-Obersturmführer Arvīds Kants

9. Battery
Waffen-Untersturmführer Valdis Knoks

Staff Battery
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Vilis Alfreds Ziemelis

IV Abteilung:
Kdr.:

Jul 1943 - 1944: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Jēkabs Šēls

10. Battery
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Pauls Purmalis
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Kārlis Blāse

12. Battery
1944 - 9 Feb 1945: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Jānis Piksis

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Re: SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by Endzeit Jan » 27 Feb 2008 18:34

IV Abteilung:
Kdr.:
00.00.1943-00.00.1943 SS-Hstuf.Svarzbachs
Jul 1943 - 1944: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Jēkabs Šēls
12.12.1944-00.00.1945 SS-Stubaf.Velmers

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Re: SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by Phil Don » 27 Feb 2008 19:14

Hi VJK

Thank you for this OoB.
Did the name of the unit change in Waf. Art. Rgt. der SS 15 in 1944 ?

Regimental Stab Battery: I have Hstuf Paulis Svarebergs (born 16/04/1902). Is Hstuf Paulis Švarcbachs (approaching name) the same man?
3 Battery : as commander I have Hstuf Oskar KESSELS (approching name with your Ernests Keselis)
5 Battery: as commander I have Hstuf Ernests LEGZDINS
III Batallion: same problem than 3 battery, I have Hstuf Oskar KESSELS too.
10 Battery : I have commander a german, Hstuf Karl BLASE (born 22/06/1897). Like the name is identical with Kārlis Blāse, did he was german or Latvian?

Do you have pics of Hstuf Aleksandrs MATEASS, Egons EGLITE, Janis TUTE, Eduards OZOLINS, Eduards STRAUTS.

Regards

Phil.

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Re: SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by VJK » 29 Feb 2008 14:04

Hi Phil!

You are correct, the regiment was re-formed in Germany under the title Waffen-Artillerie-Regiment der SS 15.
Paulis Svarebergs - correct spelling is Švarcbachs
Oskar KESSELS - correct spelling is Ernests Keselis
Kārlis Blāse - you are correct, it is indeed Karl Blasé (my source gave the Latvian spelling of the German name)
I don’t have a pic of Ozoliņš, but here are the others you asked for.

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Re: SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by VJK » 29 Feb 2008 14:05

Here is the pic of Mateass.

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Re: SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by Juanjo » 29 Feb 2008 20:39

Hi VJK

Others officers of this unit

SS Artillerie Regiment 15
Adjutant
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Egons Eglite
IVB
Waffen-Obersturmführer Voldemars Jansons
IVC
Waffen-Obersturmführer Edgars Timrots

I Abteilung
Adjutant
Waffen-Obersturmführer Boris Matizens
Orders Officer
Waffen-Obersturmführer Aleksandrs Silins
IVC
Waffen-Untersturmführer Olgerts Freidenbergs
Staff Battery
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Arnolds Viksne
1ª Battery
Waffen-Obersturmführer Arturs Plume

II Abteilung
IVB
Waffen-Obersturmführer Talivaldis Kisle
IVC
Waffen-Obersturmführer Peteris Miervaldis Grinbergs
5ª Battery
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Ernests Legzdins

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Re: SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by VJK » 10 Aug 2008 18:25

I have posted an updated breakdown of the Reg. in the "Let's Build the Latvian Legion" thread.

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Re: SS-Artillerie Regiment 15

Post by jarek_g » 28 Aug 2008 18:08

Hi guys,

They were in fact TWO SS-AR 15. First stayed in Kurland Pocket, and second be reconstructed from I/AR 15. and IV/AR 19 on SS-Truppenübungsplatz Westpreussen. First was command: from 7 Jun 1943 to Autumn 1944: Waffen-Oberführer d. SS Voldemārs Skaistlauks and from Autumn 1944 to 8 May 1944: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer d. SS Nikolajs Katiševs. Second - from 8 Sep 1944 to 8 May 1945: Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Kārlis Rēbergs.
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