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Estonian SS volunteers and history

Article about: The people who live on the Eastern shore of the Baltic Sea are no strangers to adversity. Historically plagued by invading armies and oppressors, from the Teutonic Knights to the Czars of Ru

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    Great thread, guys! Interesting reading with some amazing photos!

    Mike


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    this is truly a super thread. I read it a coupy years ago, forgot and read it all again today and even though its an old thread, I had to respond.

    Great history and material of forgotten facit of the war in the east!

    regards,

    -Jager

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    Seyffardt HQ old Farm ,
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Very interesting! My brothers bosses dad fought in the SS estonian legion. He was 17 when he fought in the battle of Narva, he is a really cool guy! 89 years old.

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    Here are some photos of my SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer tunic from the Estonian Division. It is tailor-made, as is with most officer tunics, but not in a tailor shop. It was made by tailors working in a Bekleidungswerke facility. They made quality uniforms, but not as good as tailors with their own shops and staffs. Several interesting features: the shoulder straps are slip on but the tongues have been cut off and sewn onto the end of the tunic. The sleeve eagle is a standard embroidered type.

    Here's the scoop: At MAX III, the first MAX in Baltimore, Bill Shea had this grouping one of his beaters got out of Germany. It had two tunics (this SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer and an SS-Obersturmfuhrer, which had the foreign volunteer collar tab in addition to the sleeve shield), two pair of pants, two overseas caps (piping in white) and two greatcoats. The original owner, (I've got to find it), was wounded in the field and a medic cut the left sleeve to get to the wound and treat it. He ended up in a hospital in Germany at the end of the war. The first buyer of this tunic didn't like the cut (and repaired) sleeve so he substituted another one for it, transferring the insignia and discarding the original sleeve. As you can see, the dyes didn't match up exactly, which is not all that unknown. I bought this from Shea when it came back to him. Click image for larger version. 

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    Has anybody ever hear about Lithuania and what she put up in defenses? Even though they were liberated first, they never provided any defense mechanism. The Latvians fought the hardest with two divisions and the Estonians with one. It is funny how the Latvians celebrate their two divisions of Waffen-SS troops each year now. These two fought hard against the Soviets. They had experience living under the Soviets for a couple of years before being liberated by the Germans in 1941.

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    great thread and interesting read. The Latvians, Estonians and Lithuanians were no strangers to enemy occupiers. The lived first under the the Czars, Bolsheviks and Soviets (reds) then the Nazi Germans and then the Soviets till 1989 in modern times. Its no wonder some chose o become Forest Brothers instead of soviet slavery.

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