Uncovering Latvia's WWII navy

  • 2003-04-10
  • J. Michael Lyons
RIGASixty years after their stories of dodging German U-boats while helping the Allies win World War II were splashed across U.S. newspapers, a group of unsung Latvian sailors is finally making news back home.The sailors manned eight freighters that defied orders to return after the Soviet takeover of Latvia in 1940 and instead pledged allegiance to Latvia's Embassy in Washington, which remained open and served as the country's exile government during the Soviet period.Suppressed by decades of iron-fisted Soviet rule, the tales of the Ciltvaira, Everasma and six other Latvian ships were nev...
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