Last week, in the Novgorod region in Russia, the search engine "Legend", in collaboration with the Brother Cards Committee, erased 171 dead remains of the Latvian legionary who had fallen during the Second World War, Talis Ešmit, the head of the "Legend", was informed by the portal "Delfi".
The Latvian search unit managed to find the place of the second brigade headquarters of the Latvian Legion in the Volghiv swamp, together with a cemetery of a great hunter on the front. The cemetery is located in the village of Krečno, which has been deserted since the Second World War, and is currently in the middle of a virtually impassable mud. The nearest settlement – the village of Keresta – is located 25 kilometers from the found cemetery.
He says that the news about the cemetery was already received in the spring when it was discovered by specialists from the German war department of Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge.
"The whole of this former front line lies in a lowland, in a huge swamp, and it is not a swamp in Latvia, with cranes, cranberries and catteries. It is like a huge forest with black, stationary ground, below clay that does not allow water to penetrate the land. " Roc Our legionaries in this front line could not dig the garbage and the blind, but built mud and log cabin on the ground, "says the leader of the Legend organization.
Because this summer was very dry in our region, it was decided at the end of July that there would be no better opportunities and on 19 August 22 "legend" people went to Russia to dig up the decimated remains of legionaries who had fallen.
The search for Latvian soldiers has become possible because Russia has an agreement on the reburial of fallen soldiers in their homeland. This was already the fourth "Legend" expedition to the former Latvian soldiers who fought in western Russia.
"We had big problems with the location of the former soldiers cemetery, it is from middle to far, there is no telecommunication, the only roads were made during the war, they are in fact narrow stigmas." There are no people there, only a few hunters just fall, "says Eshtim.
With the help of a local tractor driver, the expedition members started their way to the cemetery, but it was not easy – the tractor fired both and turned, some of the men got lost in the forest and rained all day. On the evening of August 20, the men of "Legend" managed fortunately to get into the base, to drive out soldiers the next day.
The Cemetery Commission of the Brothers in the German archives had found the exact diagram of those graves that facilitated the search.
In total 354 soldiers were found dead during the week, of which 171 Latvian legionaries.
Exit points out that the plot diagram coincided exactly with the position of nature, so that the names of the buried soldiers can be identified. Many of the detected soldiers also had an identification badge and other personal belongings. The other soldiers found are Germans, Dutch and even Spaniards who have also fought in this front line.
Part of the grave was a devastating harrier looking for different relics, but the damage was not too great and much of the burial was intact.
The dead remains of the fallen soldiers are now at the disposal of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge and are still in Russia. Experts from the German organization are now conducting a scientific historical investigation, and only then will fallen soldiers be brought to their country.
"This expertise can last for a few years, but unfortunately we can not do anything else, but when it comes down to it, the Latvian soldiers will be rebuilt on the Lesten cemetery," adds Eitsmit.
Work on the Krečno village has not yet been completed, because another part of the former soldiers' cemetery has not been verified. Ezhet hopes that the remaining soldiers will be buried in digging up next year.
The second Latvian SS volunteer brigade of the Latvian Legion, later transformed into the 19th Latvian division, arrived in the Krakno sector on the Volkhov front in April 1943.
The most active fights in this front line took place in September 1943, killing approximately 140 Latvian legionaries, while another 600 were injured. The Latvian legionaries fought on the front line of the Volkhov river until January 1944 when they had to withdraw closer to the border with Latvia.
It has already been reported that in December 2015 for the first time in the history of Latvia from the Russian marshes, more than 236 deaths of the 23rd division of the Latvian Legion, who fought at the Brothers church in Lesten, were transferred to the motherland of Latvia. Latvia. These soldiers were found in 2013 in the Pskov region.