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|Nickname(s)||"Vana Koll" ("Old Bogy")|
December 2, 1904|
|Died||July 28, 1944
Blue Hills, Estonia
|Buried at||Jõhvi, Estonia|
|Years of service||Estonian Army
|Unit||1943 659th Ost Battalion
1944 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian)
|Awards||1st & 2nd class Iron cross
Eastern Front Medal
After Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1941, Sooden was drafted into the Red Army; he deserted to the Wehrmacht when it invaded the Soviet Union. That same year, Sooden volunteered for the Wehrmacht's Estonian units and he was promoted to Oberleutnant. In September, the Estonian East battalions were moved to Russia, fighting against the Red Army in Volkhov. In May 1943, Sooden was appointed to command of the 659 Estonian East Battalion and was awarded with the Iron cross. On January, 1944 Sooden was promoted to Sturmbannführer.
In 1944, the battalion came to Jõhvi and soon it was sent to the Narva front and attached to the 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian). He fought in the Battle of Narva and the Battle of Tannenberg Line in the Sinimäed Hills.