Jānis Balodis

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Jānis Balodis
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Jānis Balodis (left) and Józef Beck in Riga, 1938
Born (1881-02-20)20 February 1881
Trikāta parish, Valka District, Latvia
Died 8 August 1965(1965-08-08) (aged 84)
Saulkrasti, Latvian SSR,
Soviet Union

Jānis Balodis (February 20, 1881 in Trikāta parish – August 8, 1965 in Saulkrasti)[1] was an army general and politician who was a principal figure in the foundation and government of independent Latvia. Prior to independence, he served in the Imperial Russian Army until his capture by the Germans in 1917.

Balodis was commander-in-chief of the army during the Latvian war of independence. He later served as minister of war from 1931 until the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940. He was subsequently arrested by the Soviet authorities and deported to Siberia, and was only allowed to return to Latvia in 1956.

Balodis is a recipient of the Latvian military Order of Lāčplēsis, 2nd and 3rd class.[2]

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  1. ^ Pētersone, Inta (1999). Latvijas Brīvības cīņas 1918-1920 : enciklopēdija. (in Latvian). Riga: Preses nams. ISBN 9984-00-395-7. OCLC 43426410. 
  2. ^ Priedītis, Ērichs Ēriks (1996). Latvijas Valsts apbalvojumi un Lāčplēši. (in Latvian). Riga: Junda. ISBN 9984-01-020-1. OCLC 38884671.