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unit of the 15th Latvian SS Division marching in the city of Riga, summer 1943. Their Latvian arm flashes can be seen on their right hand sleeves. Huge numbers of Latvians volunteered for the German war effort against the Soviet Union - eventually some 148,000 Latvian men and women volunteered for all kinds of services, from military units to labor to auxiliary police units. This amounted to just over 12 percent of the entire Latvian population - the most any nation can spare in times of war. Some of the Latvian SS men fought on against the Communists as partisans until the 1950s.