Veiss, Voldemars

Date of birth:
November 7th, 1899 (Riga, Latvia)
Date of death:
April 16th, 1944 (Near Nowovskev, Eastern Front)
Buried on:
Brothers' Cemetery Riga
Nationality:
Latvian (1918-1940, Republic)

Biography

SS-Standartenführer Voldemars Veiss died of his wounds after a shell struck his position on 16 April 1944.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Standartenführer
Unit:
Waffen-SS rgt. 48 (Latvian)
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1944
Action:
Veiss's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...

"SS-Standartenführer Veiss, as the leader of Kampfkruppe Veiss, has been fighting the enemy in a most difficult manner and prevented them from taking Nekoschovo following exceptional defense by his troops at Podporesie. Through daring advances along the railway line and railroad station at Tatino, moving southward, he smashed the enemy attacks and inflicted severe destruction on them. After days of fighting in the swamps and forests he attacked Dolgowo using his own initiative. He also held Tatino for several days and therefore held the advance of strong hostile groups moving against the open left flank of KG "General Speth," significantly weakening and delaying them. By these attacks done under his robust leadership the enemy suffered heavy losses.

These battlefield successes of the Latvian Brigade were crucial during the heavy defensive battles of the XXXVIII. Armee-Korps. Thanks to his outstanding attitude, personal bravery, and hard determination all obstacles have been overcome; he cleverly moved his troops forward. SS-Standarterführer lead the brigade during this time. He has maintained the highest efforts in defense and attack in the final days. The commander in chief has verbally spoken of his appreciation through the commanding general and personally in writing.

In agreement with the warmest support from the XXXVIII. Armee-Korps, I recommend SS-Standartenführer Veiss for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Nepriklausomybes Medalis (1928)

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