Documents in the NTIS Technical Reports collection are the results of federally funded research. They are directly submitted to or collected by NTIS from Federal agencies for permanent accessibility to industry, academia and the public.  Before purchasing from NTIS, you may want to check for free access from (1) the issuing organization's website; (2) the U.S. Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System website; (3) the federal government Internet portal; or (4) a web search conducted using a commercial search engine such as
Accession Number ADA589943
Title Latvian Legion (1943-1945) and Its Role in Latvia's History.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 137p
Personal Author E. Svencs
Abstract This thesis provides research on the largest Latvian military formation to serve Nazi Germany from 1943 until the end of World War II. As the most decorated non-German Waffen-SS formation, it fought from the outskirts of Leningrad to the defensive lines of Berlin. However, it also has become a focal point of heated contemporary discussions between historians from Western Europe and the Russian Federation. Accusations that the Latvian Legion engaged in war crimes and supported the Nazi ideology are just part of these discussions. The thesis first looks at the history of the Latvian nation and the influences that its neighbors (Russia and Germany) had on it. Historically, the Latvian people have always been under the geopolitical influence of one of these states, at times facing the worst of their foreign policies -- forced occupation and genocide. It then examines the written works of the Legion's survivors, the research of domestic historians, the reports of foreign ambassadors, and the historical opinions of Russian experts. Finally, the thesis seeks to find out how the Latvian Legion is perceived in today's Latvia.
Keywords Baltic states alliance
Eastern front
First world war
International relations
Interwar years
Latvian armed forces
Latvian legion
Military forces(Foreign)
Military occupation
Molotov-ribbentrop pact
National defense forces
Nazi germany occupation of latvia
Nuremberg trial
Red army
Second world war
Soviet invasion
Soviet occupation of latvia
War crimes

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
92E - International Relations
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

Science and Technology Highlights

See a sampling of the latest scientific, technical and engineering information from NTIS in the NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter

Acrobat Reader Mobile    Acrobat Reader