15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian)

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Ian Zirins, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Ian Zirins

    Ian Zirins New Member

    Hi everyone
    I'm looking for sources of information on this unit.
    Particularly war diaries if available.
    My father's story:
    I believe my father (Karlis Andrejs Zirins d.o.b. 20/11/1925) was conscripted into this unit in 1943/44 joining I think in Cesis, Latvia.
    By a process of elimination it looks like he surrendered to the US or UK forces in Germany (Pomerania?) in 1945, finding his way to the UK as a DP via Hamburg and Hull, finally settling in Cumberland (now Cumbria)
    I'd like to fill in gaps - he never discussed his war (understandably) but had several scars, wounds and frostbite consequences.
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  2. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Ian....this is scant information,the division was formed in 1943 as a newly created unit and was composed of both Latvians and Germans as opposed to the 2nd Division (X1X Waffen-Grenadierdivision) which was formed in 1944 and consisted of Latvians only.

    Probably the best source of the history of Waffen SS units may be from the Axis History Forum as below....
    • Axis History Forum

    The Naval &Military Press who offer specialised military books may be be another source of information....
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  3. Ian Zirins

    Ian Zirins New Member

    Thank you Harry. I am at an early stage on this research and your pointers are going to be very helpful
  4. steelers708

    steelers708 Junior Member

    There are two excellent books on the Latvian Legion/Waffen SS units:
    Latvian Legion by Arthur Sigailis - Sigailas was a veteran and it may be possible to still get it fairly cheaply.

    Latviesu Legionari - Latvian Legionnares by Edvins Bruvelis - This book is a bilingual English/Latvian edition and contains hundreds of photos of the Latvian Legion. A CD of Latvian Legion songs is included, it was never cheap, when I got mine from the Latvian publishers it cost around £70, and it is extremely rare and hard to get hold of now but it is worth it if you can find a cheapish copy.

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