|Born||21 December 1914
|Died||10 September 1994
|Years of service||1942–45|
|Unit||19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Latvian)|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross I Class
Iron Cross II Class
Andrejs Freimanis (21 December 1914 – 10 September 1994) was an Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant) in the Waffen SS during World War II, who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize great battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.
World War II
During World War II, he volunteered for the Waffen SS after Operation Barbarossa. He served with the 13th Company, 44th Waffen Grenadier Regiment of SS, 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Latvian).
He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in May 1945, while in command of the 13th Company, when the Division formed the right wing of the VI SS Army Corps during the fighting in the Courland pocket. Although he not received his Knight's cross, because of German capitulation on May 8.
Andrejs Freimanis survived the war and ensuing Soviet captivity and died in his hometown of Grobiņa on 10 September 1994. He received his Knight's Cross in 1993 from German government. The Latvian Navy Band and an honor company from the Latvian Land Forces were at the funeral.[dead link][dead link]
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