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by Lisa Blosfelds,Mintauts Blosfelds

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  • ISBN 1844157202
  • ISBN13 978-1844157204
  • Language English
  • Author Lisa Blosfelds,Mintauts Blosfelds
  • Publisher Pen and Sword Military (September 19, 2008)
  • Pages 224
  • Formats docx azw lrf mbr
  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Leaders and Notable People
  • Size ePub 1794 kb
  • Size Fb2 1552 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 479

Following the conquest of his native Latvia by the Nazis, the author was given the stark choice: service in the SS or forced labor in a slave camp. So he 'volunteered' to fight for the Nazis. He describes his training and how he became an instructor before being sent into Russia. He nearly perished during the terrible winter of 1943-44 being wounded and finding himself with his friend lying dead on top of him. As the tide turned and the Russians advanced remorselessly through. He was wounded twice more and awarded the Iron Cross for bravery.With German resistance collapsing, the author had to flee for his life - capture by the Russians meant almost certain death. He surrendered to the Americans but describes the neglect he suffered at their hands. Unable to return to Latvia now occupied by the Russians, he became a Displaced Person eventually settling in the UK.

Mintauts Blosfelds is an author and historian.

Mintauts Blosfelds is an author and historian. All foreign national groups who fought on the German side were eventually put under Waffen-SS control and people shouldn't make more out of it than the administrative device it was. The majority of these people were not fighting for the & Reich', but against bolshevism and for their own nationalistic goals. 24 people found this helpful.

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Start by marking Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front: Fighting with Hitler's Latvian SS as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. The book is more about life in Latvia in World War 2 under German rule and there are only a few pages in the book where the author was on or near the front lines. If you do not have an interest in life in Latvia during the war, then give this book a skip.

Mintauts Blosfelds was born in Latvia in 1924. After his wartime adventures he came to England and worked in the Yorkshire coalmines until he joined International Harvesters. He retired in 1982 and died in 1987. Библиографические данные. Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front: Fighting with Hitler's Latvian SS. Автор.

He retired in 1982 and died in 1987.

by Lisa Blosfelds and Mintauts Blosfelds. Following the conquest of his native Latvia by the Nazis, the author was given the stark choice: service in the SS or forced labour in a slave camp. So he 'volunteered' to fight for the Nazis. He describes his training and how he became an instructor before being sent into Russia.

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Mejora
I found this to be a very readable and interesting book about a Latvian's war time experiences as a `volunteer' in the Germanic Waffen-SS. Having experienced Soviet conquest and rule, most Latvians welcomed the German invasion of 1941. When the Germans initiated conscription, many nationalists saw it not only as a chance to fight the hated Russians but as an opportunity to gain national sovereignty from a hopefully grateful 3rd Reich. Given the choice to serve with Order Police Units, war labor service, as auxiliaries with the Wehrmacht or in the Latvian Legion, draftee Blosfelds and many of his age group signed up for the Legion which was part of the Waffen-SS. This book follows his experiences from the initial German invasion, his conscription, his training, his service on the Eastern Front, the long retreat back through the Baltics and Germany, surrender to the Western Allies and life as a POW. Although actual eye-ball to eye-ball combat makes up a small part of the story, Blosfelds was a good observer and I found this book to be a fascinating look at the life of a foreign national in the service of Germany. I am happy to add it to my WWII collection.

A side note: as to whether Blosfelds was in the Waffen-SS or not (as stated by another reviewer) is splitting Politically Correct hairs. Yes, the Latvians wanted their own armed force under their command and were successful to a point. But they still wore Waffen-SS uniforms, were under SS control and were ultimately in 2 divisions (15th & 19th) entitled "Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS". All foreign national groups who fought on the German side were eventually put under Waffen-SS control and people shouldn't make more out of it than the administrative device it was. The majority of these people were not fighting for the `greater Reich', but against bolshevism and for their own nationalistic goals. A good and highly detailed book to read about the Latvian experience is the out of print "Latvian Legion" by Arthur Silgailis which is available on Amazon as a used book.
Barit
I enjoyed this author's account of his time as a semi-willing SS soldier. From the beginning, you get the feeling that his heart isn't in it and his greatest hope is to get out alive. He was no coward (wounded more than once) but he is very straightforward about his self-preservation:-) . It's refreshing to read an account from a man not ashamed to describe how he and many others felt about the whole ordeal.

There is also a lot of humor to be found. I especially liked the diary entries which were 99% about food.
ladushka
Unless you have read many WWII memoirs, I would pass this one up until you have read 10 -15 other memoirs. For a novice WWII history buff this book is 2 stars. For the well read I will give this book grudgingly 3 stars for the reasons stated below.

To the well read WWII history buff this book does have some insight to the larger picture. I do not know the quality of the 15 SS division, but it would seem the units this author was in was 2nd rate. In that way this book does shed light on what were the 2nd rate units doing. He was in service for almost exactly 2 years, and during that time saw very little combat. So this book is very different concerning the intense combat one read about in books like Twilight of the Gods, In Deadly Combat, Kurt Meyers Panzer Grenadier. It was interesting that this author did not write about building any camaraderie with fellow soldiers, as I have read in other books. There was lots of heavy drinking that I have not read about in other memoirs, but wonder if the German, Belgium, Swedish authors I have read simply skip over that part to maintain a decorum - or was this a sign that the 15th SS was a 2nd rate unit. Also, SS units usually were well supplied, but the units Mintauts was with had almost no food the last 6 months of the war - so again, is this because the German command gave more resources to units they thought were better fighting forces?
Another point of uniqueness for this book is, the author in no way is pro-Nazi, or desperately wanting to kill communists. Even though the Soviet Union was occupying his country, he was not going to die trying to stop them. He never wanted to return to the front, and was glad when he was not picked and other were. He stated himself, that he just wanted to survive, and not be captured by the Russians. As a point of clarification concerning the SS and who served in the SS. The Germans signed the Geneva Convention on war, which among other things stated that you cannot conscript men into your army from a country you have occupied. So, what the Germans did was force the indigenous men into the SS because the SS was supposedly filled with only volunteers. Of course not all were forced, but most were. I actually personally know several.

The author was definately a good soldier. There were a few combat scenes and he did what need to be done. He was promoted, was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class, and at times led a squad of men. He did all of this as a 18 - 19 year old - very impressive.

Other points of interest from this book:
-Mintaouts had many examples of the Latvian officers acting selfishly, and once the war ended and the Latvians were packed into POW camps, the soldiers did not want to have anything to do with the Latvian officers. ( The officers were trying to hoard more food for themselves among other things ! )
- The author does list extensively what they had to eat on a near daily basis - and often how little they had to eat. Wrote a lot about trading cigarettes for food etc.
- Wounded three times, and wrote about some detail being in a hospital - draining blood out of his lung with a huge syringe. (shrapnel in one lung)
-At one point they were equipped with Czech make machine pistols, and light machine guns (British Bren design)
- The author mentioned several Latvians being executed for desertion and for looting. This seemed by far a greater occurrence than what I have read in other WWII memoirs.
- Partisans were active in Latvia, killing Germans. I mention this because my parents are from Latvia and I never have heard this before. Only how the Russians/Soviets are to be opposed.

If you are looking for lots of action and struggle, don't get this book. If you are new to this history don't get this book. If you have read over 10-15 WWII AXIS memoirs, maybe get this book. There is quite a bit subtle detail I have not read elsewhere.
I feel bad not rating this book higher...................
Uriel
Very interesting and enlighting story of our (I'm finnish) relative nation in the stormy days of World War two.

This shows how small are the chances of one individual to decide what to do when greater forces are storming over your country.
Ber
I really hate to say anything bad about a former war vetern's personal account on his wartime experiences, but I must. I must say that I had high hopes of reading a great wartime book, espically about a foreign legionare in the Waffen SS. There are not many foreigners that want to write about their experiences serving with the Waffen SS.

Now first off, I must say it's not all bad. But the title of the book is miss leading. The title should have been- Wounded Trooper on the Eastern Front. There wasnt much- "Stormtrooping" going on. If you took out all of the pages dedicated to the authors wounds/hospital visits and his total obsession of detailling everything they ate, you'd have a 20 page book. I think the total "action" pages could be summoned up on 5 pages. So if your thinking of buying this book to read about his wartime "stormtrooping", your going to be very, very disappointed.

Like I said, if you want to read something different and like to read about food gathering and train rides to and from different hospitals, then this is the book for you. If you can purchase this book at a second hand book shop for a couple of bucks- then that's what I'd do.
Orevise
Good read