Stormtrooper on the Eastern Front

Fighting with Hitler's Latvian SS

Mintauts Blosfelds

Date Published :
September 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Editor :
Lisa Blosfelds
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526760753
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 7.9 X 5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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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.

About The Author

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.His daughter Lisa who edited his memoirs lives in Doncaster.

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