Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

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Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by Phil Don » 09 May 2009 17:38

Hi

Is some can help me with the military career of Waffen Standartenführer der SS Arvīds KRĪPENS. Except he has been the first commander of the Waf.Gren.Rgt. der SS 32 I have nothing on him.

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Re: Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by Phil Nix » 10 May 2009 11:43

Here is a brief note on him
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Re: Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by Phil Don » 10 May 2009 12:17

Many thanks Phil. Do you have something on his latvian military career before the war?
Are you sure he was killed in action? I have his date of death in 1968 in Australia.

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Re: Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by VJK » 11 May 2009 14:25

Hi gents!

Krīpens was not KIA on 16 July 1944. He died in Sydney, Australia on 20 August 1968. It was Kārlis Aperāts, who was KIA on that date.

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Re: Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by Phil Don » 12 May 2009 20:34

Hi Valdis

I had the same info so I was surprised. Do you know his career into latvian army.

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Re: Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by VJK » 12 May 2009 21:52

Hi Phil,

Here is a brief bio and pic of A. Krīpens:

Arvīds KRĪPENS
Standartenführer der Waffen-SS
born: 4 Oct 1893 in Stāmeriena parish
died: 20 Aug 1968 in Sydney, Australia

WWI service:
Apr 1916: Mobilised into the Russian Army, assigned to the Tsaritsina Student Battalion
Dec 1916: Graduated from 3. Tbilisi Cadet School, served in the 242. Reserve Regiment, later in the 7. Reserve Regiment
Aug 1917: Transferred to the MG Company of the 44. Reserve Brigade
Dec 1917: Released from active duty

Latvian Army service:
13 Dec 1918: Joined the Latvian Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Company, served later in the 2. Riga Defence Company and the 2. Cesis Company
Aug 1919 - Sep 1919: Served in the 2. Ventspils Infantry Regiment
Sep 1919 - Mar 1922: Served in the Latgale Partisan Regiment
Mar 1922 - Sep 1922: Served in the 6. Riga Infantry Regiment
Sep 1922 - 1926: Served in the 12. Bauska Infantry Regiment
1926 - 1930: Lecturer at the Military Academy
1930 - Dec 1933: Battalion commander, 6. Riga Infantry Regiment
Dec 1933 - Feb 1934: Group Leader, Officer Training Courses
Feb 1934 - 31 Aug 1935: Chief of Staff, Kurzeme Division
1 Sep 1935 - 31 Aug 1939: Commandant, Military Academy
1 Sep 1939 - 2 Aug 1940: Commanding Officer, 1. Liepaja Infantry Regiment
Aug 1940: Released from active duty

Promotions:
Lieutenant: Oct 1917
1st Lieutenant:
Captain: Apr 1920
Lt. Colonel: 1927
Colonel: 1934

WWII service:
3 May 1943 - 2 Jul 1943: Kdr. SS-Freiwilligen und Ausbildungs Regiment Paplaken
2 Jul 1943 - 8 Mar 1944: Kdr., Lettische SS-Freiwilligen Regiment Nr. 3 (renamed SS-Freiw. Gren. Rgt. 32 (lett.Nr.1) on 22 October 1943)
8 Mar 1944 - 7 Apr 1944: Hospitalised in Riga
7 Apr 1944 - 28 Jun 1944: Kdr., SS-Freiw. Gren. Rgt. 32 (lett.Nr.1)
28 Jun 1944: Released from active duty due to differences with the Division commander

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

Other Awards:
Swedish Order of the Sword, III Class
EK II: 4 Mar 1944

Married in 1922 to Zinaida Mizukovska, daughter Nona Lilija (1923).

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Re: Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by Phil Don » 12 May 2009 22:06

Many thanks ... as usual.

It's a great pic and family portrait. If I remember we can see it in "Latviešu Legionāri".

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Re: Bio and military career of latvian Staf Arvids KRIPENS

Post by VJK » 13 Feb 2018 20:06

Hi,

Here now is a more detailed outline of Krīpens' Latvian Army career:

13.XII.1918 - 21.XII.1918: Joined the Latvian Army as a 1st Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Company
21.XII.1918 - 6.I.1919: Officer in the 2. Riga Defence Company
6.I.1919 - 12.VIII.1919: Officer in the 2. Cesis battalion
12.VIII.1919 - 29.IX.1919: Officer in the 2. Ventspils Infantry Regiment
29.IX.1919 - 6.V.1922: Adjutant, Latgale Partisan Regiment
6.V.1922 - 28.IX.1922: Officer in the 6. Riga Infantry Regiment
28.IX.1922 - 8.XI.1926: Officer in the 12. Bauska Infantry Regiment
12.XI.1926 - 2.XII.1930: Lecturer at the Military Academy
29.XI.1929 - 2.XII.1930: Acting Head of Studies, Military Academy
2.XII.1930 - 27.X.1931: Commander, I battalion, 6. Riga Infantry Regiment
27.X.1931 - 1.IV.1933: Commander, II battalion, 6. Riga Infantry Regiment
3.IV.1933 - 7.XII.1933: Lecturer at the Military Academy
3.I.1934 - 22.II.1934: Group leader, Officer Training courses
28.II.1934 - 4.IX.1935: Chief of Staff, Kurzeme division
6.IX.1935 - 20.IX.1939: Commandant, Military Academy
25.IX.1939 - 2.VIII.1940: Commanding Officer, 1. Liepaja Infantry Regiment
2.VIII.1940: Released from active duty

Promotions:
Captain: 1.II.1920
Lt. Colonel: 18.XI.1927
Colonel: 1.II.1934

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VJK

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