The Lettisches Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 Riga was formed in August 1943 as Lettisches Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment and was renamed on 4 September 1943. It was first used in anti-partisan duties and later as a frontline unit. Transferred to the 15. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lettische Nr. 1) on 15 October 1944 and renamed Waffen Gren. Rgt. der SS "Riga" on 26 October 1944.

A new unit with the name Lettisches Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 (also known as Regiment Liepaja) was formed in February 1944 under the command of Waffen-Standartenführer Janis Grosbergs. It was disbanded in August.

Commanders

Waffen-Standartenführer Roberts Osis (1 Aug 1943 - 29 Dec 1943)
Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Osvalds Meija (29 Dec 1943 - 26 Oct 1944)

Chief of staff

Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Augusts Millers (acting)

Order of battle (1 August 1943)

I/ Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 Riga (Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Juris Taube)
II/ Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 Riga (Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Alberts Kleinbergs)
III/ Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 Riga (Waffen-Hauptsturmführer Karlis Mikelsons)
IV/ Lettische Freiwilligen Polizei Regiment 1 Riga (Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Janis Birzulis)

Insignia

A "Lett.Freiw.Pol.Rgt. Riga" cuff title was authorized for the unit in May 1944.

Sources used

Osvalds Freivalds (editor) - Latviesu karavirs otra pasaules kara laika Vol. 4
David Littlejohn - Foreign Legions of the Third Reich, vol 4
Phil Nix & George Jerome - The Uniformed Police Forces of the Third Reich 1933-1945
Georg Tessin, Hans-Adolf Neufeldt & Jürgen Huck - Zur Geschichte der Ordnungspolizei 1936-1945

Reference material on this unit

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