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Adamsons, Miervaldis

Date of birth:
June 29th, 1910 (Poltawa, Russian Empire)
Date of death:
August 23rd, 1948 (Riga/Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR)
Nationality:
Latvian (1918-1940, Republic)

Biography

SS-Hauptsturmführer Miervaldis Adamsons was executed on 23 August 1948.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 26th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Waffen-Hauptsturmführer
Unit:
Chef, 6. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 44 (lett.Nr. 6), 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lett.Nr. 2), Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1945
Adamsons’ Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Adamsons and his 6./Waffen-Gren.Rgt.d.SS 44 (lett. Nr.6) particularly distinguished themselves while fighting in the Vanagi sector on the 29.12.1944. Here the enemy commenced an attack with two regiments following a hours-long artillery barrage. Their goal was to capture the important strongpoint of Vanagi. However Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Adamsons was ultimately able to repel a total of 13 enemy attacks over the course of 36 hours of combat. A particularly notable enemy penetration on the afternoon of that day (conducted with 5 assault guns and about 200 men) was eliminated in an immediate counterthrust launched under the outstandingly brave leadership of Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Adamsons.

Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Adamsons was soul of the resistance in strongpoint Vanagi. Despite being wounded for the 5th time, and despite belonging to disability level II, he was nonetheless able to inspire his men to carry out incomparable deeds and yield not even a foot of ground. The Sturmgeschütze that the brave garrison so badly wanted reversed their course after seeing the strongpoint. They reported that no-one could possibly still be alive in the strongpoint given the devastating artillery, Katyusha and bombing attacks that they had seen inflicted upon it.

Here a mere handful of men demonstrated unparalleled heroism and singularly brave achievements in the face of a far superior foe. They did so in no small part due to being inspired by the warlike example and tireless devotion to duty that was displayed by their Kompanie commander, Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Adamsons.

This strongpoint was of great significance for the overall course of the defensive combat in this area. Its loss would have triggered the rolling up of the front while simultaneously allowing the enemy to penetrate deeply into the rear area. However the enemy failed to achieve bring about its fall, and in the process the infantry complement of an entire Russian division was either destroyed or rendered combat ineffective before the strongpoint of Vanagi.”
According to Fellgiebel the Rank is Waffen-Untersturmführer.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1944
In silver
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1943
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