Published by Pen and Sword in 2008, 207 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4389)
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From the inside front fly leaf: 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. In this candid and courageous memoir he describes his training and how he became an instructor before being sent into Russia. He narrowly survived the terrible winter of 1943-44 despite being wounded and finding himself with his friend lying dead on top of him. And as the tide turned and the Russians advanced remorselessly west, 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 (it was now occupied by the Russians), he eventually settling in England....