S000480 LATVIAN SS SOLDBUCH. (Soldbuch)

BACKGROUND: With the reintroduction of conscription in 1935, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), activated the Wehrersatzdienststelle, (Recruiting Offices), throughout Germany to process and administer the call up procedure. When individuals received their registration notice they were to report to the appropriate recruitment center where they would be issued a Wehrpass, until they were inducted into active duty. On induction to active military service the Wehrpass was exchanged at the recruitment office for the Soldbuch. The SS basically followed the same system but had instituted their own Ergänzungsstelle der Waffen-SS, (Replacement Centers of the Waffen-SS), under control SS-Obergruppenführer Gottlob-Christian Berger of the SS-Hauptamt, (SS-Main Office), and in theory, could only recruit personnel on a voluntary basis. In January 1945 the Ergänzungsstelle der Waffen-SS was combined with the army’s Wehrersatzdienststelle and was renamed Ergänzungsstellen des Heeres und der Waffen-SS, (Replacement Centers of the Army and the Waffen-SS). In February 1943 the Germans began the formation of a new division to be manned by Latvian volunteers. Originally designated, 15. Lettische SS-Freiwilligen-Division, (15TH Latvian SS Volunteer Division), it would eventually evolve into the 15. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr.1). Of Note: In May 1943 a second unit of Latvian volunteers began formation and would eventually evolve into the 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr.2).

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Scarce Latvian SS members Soldbuch. Complete with original uniform ID photo. 21 Pages. Dated for 1944. All pages with entries photographed. Additional photo included in the back of the book.

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