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Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS Ancāns
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS Ādamsons
Left image: Waffen-Obersturmführer der SS Roberts Ancāns (1919 Tilža parish, Latvia – 1982 Tannersville, New York, U.S.), head of the close combat school of der SS Nr.19. The Demyansk veteran Ancāns was a highly combat experienced Latvian volunteer, awarded both the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross) and Die Nahkampfspange (Close Combat Clasp Silver). Both awarded in order to recognize the courage of the soldier in hand-to-hand combat and for outstanding bravery on the battlefield. He also wears the Iron Cross 1st Class, the Infantry Assault Badge Silver, the Wound Badge Gold and the Sonderabzeichen für das Niederkämpfen von Panzerkampfwagen durch Einzelkämpfer (Single-Handed Tank Destruction Badge) on his right arm.  Right image: Waffen-Hauptsturmführer der SS Miervaldis Ādamsons, fought for an independent Latvia in the Latvian 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS. His company repelled seven attacks by the Soviets in the Kurland Pocket in a single 24-hour period. For this remarkable defensive success Adamsons was awarded the Knights Cross in January 1945. Adamsons survived World War II and entered Soviet captivity in May 1945. He was sent to work in the mines at Murmansk. After a second escape attempt Ädamsons was executed by the Soviets in Riga on August 23 1948. Awards among others: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross), German Cross Gold, Nahkampfspange (Close Combat Clasp Bronze), Infantry Assault Badge Silver and the Wound Badge Gold. Images: Public domain.

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